CAA Advocates for Road Safety Amid Neighborhood Speeding 

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A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) reveals that speeding in residential areas is a major concern for Canadians, despite a significant number admitting to engaging in this behavior themselves.

Key Findings:

  • 88% of Canadians express deep concern about speeding in residential areas.
  • 22% admit to speeding in these areas at least occasionally.

Meanwhile, speed-related collisions, accounting for a quarter of fatal collisions, are on the rise according to federal government data.

“Canadians are right to be alarmed about speeding,” says Ian Jack, vice-president, public affairs, CAA National. “Speed-related collisions are preventable. That is why CAA is asking Canadians to slow down in 2024 and keep everyone safe.”

According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, travelling even 10 km/hr over the speed limit increases the likelihood of a collision by 60 per cent, while saving the average driver only four minutes on a trip.

“Don’t forget speed limits are posted for ideal weather. Especially while most of the country is in the thick of winter, we should all really try to respect the speed limit or slow down to ensure the safety of all,” says Jack. 

CAA asked Canadians to list the top dangerous driving behaviours they admit to doing. The top five included: 

  1. Speeding on the highway (45%)
  2. Engaging with technology while driving (32%)
  3. Speeding in residential zones (22%)
  4. Driving well over the speed limit (19%)
  5. Driving when too tired (18%)

The survey, conducted from October 20 to 30, 2023, polled 2,503 Canadians, with a margin of error of +/-2%.

For road safety tips, visit the CAA website.