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Apr 28

How Speed Contributes to Collisions


According to Alberta Transportation, speeding doesn’t always kill. But it does increase the severity of a crash, and reduces the time you may have to react to a surprise on the road.

Driving even a few km/h over the speed limit decreases your field of vision and peripheral vision, extends the distance required to stop your vehicle, increases the chance of losing control of your vehicle and increases the chance of death or injury if there is a crash.

Speed may not be the cause of a collision, but it certainly increases your chance of being involved in one. Everyone has different abilities when driving, but when all these limitations start to stack up as a result of speeding, even a good driver would find it hard to overcome these driving impairments.

As part of our focus to reduce speeding on Highway 63 and 881 this month, we asked Albertans to submit stories about their experience with speeding. Here are two stories that help put speeding into perspective.

I was a provincial Sheriff working out of the Boyle office for years. I dealt with Highway 63 and 881 on a daily basis. The story that sticks with me the most was a crash that happened north of Wandering River. It was ultimately caused by speed and unsafe passing. The driver that was at fault was killed in the crash. He was in his mid 20’s. When I checked his wallet to get his drivers license, I found an engagement ring in a small ring bag. People need to remember that your driving decisions affect more than just your arrival time.


Going home from work is something everyone looks forward to. But some days going home from work is something I actually have to hope for, because making it home safe and sound isn’t a given in my line of work.

I work as a tow operator with AMA Service Provider Eastern Mechanics, out of Fort McMurray. Dodging distracted drivers and speeders makes delivering roadside assistance a frightening, high stakes job. Recently I was working to rescue someone broken down on Highway 63 and a site bus came so close that the mirror clipped my jacket.

It’s dangerous. And yeah, it’s a little scary. The worst time of day is first thing in the morning, when everybody’s heading out to the job sites. People don’t move over and they don’t slow down. Everybody is focused on getting to work as fast as possible and that’s their only priority.

I’ve been operating a tow truck out of Fort McMurray for six years and I love my job. I get to help so many people when they are in a bad spot and need a hand. I just wish that the drivers would show me the same respect. Give me a little room and please slow down. At the end of the day, I have a family I want to go home to, just like you.

Fort McMurray