Posted September 25, 2018 06:23:03 A new study says the number of traffic deaths in Alberta since 2015 has more than doubled.
The University of Calgary study, which looked at all traffic crashes, found there have been 8,722 traffic deaths since 2015, with more than half of those occurring since January.
The study found that drivers under the age of 25 accounted for nearly three-quarters of traffic fatalities.
More than 9,000 people died in traffic crashes in the province during the same time period.
The research was conducted by the University of Alberta’s traffic and road safety division, which is part of the university’s School of Public Policy.
“It’s very encouraging,” said John Wydra, a professor of criminology at the university.
“But we are far from having solved the problem.”
He said he is still looking for a solution.
“There are very few things that can be done right away that will prevent future traffic accidents,” he said.
“We are in the process of coming up with a number of measures that will hopefully mitigate the risk that we face from this growing problem.”
Wyda said the Alberta government needs to get serious about reducing traffic deaths and said it should be more than just “a numbers game.”
The province should also “focus on what’s causing this,” Wyds said.
The Alberta Department of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a release that it has identified several steps to reduce road deaths and traffic fatalities and will be in contact with communities to implement those measures.
The province is working with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, which has already issued a $2-million grant to help develop the solutions.
“In this era of technological advances, the province of Alberta needs to lead the way in research, education and innovation,” said Transportation Minister Joe Ceci.
“The provincial government is committed to doing what it can to mitigate the impact of this pandemic.”