New UofA partnership works to increase safety along Highway 2
Reducing motorists speeding is a life-saving priority in Leduc
The City of Leduc is investing $31,000 into a partnership with the University of Alberta to conduct a study on traffic management along the 6 km stretch of Highway 2 within the city’s boundaries. The Integrated Speed Management Program is currently underway, along with increased manned traffic enforcement, and will run for 12 months.
“Safety along Highway 2 is everyone’s responsibility; not just that of our emergency service professionals,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “We have a responsibility to our citizens, visitors and first responders to ensure people are getting to and from their destinations safely.”
Emergency units responded to up to 317 incidents between 2012 and 2018. In the past five years alone, eight lives were lost and 195 persons were injured. In 2014, a member of Leduc Enforcement Services was struck by a vehicle while providing assistance to another incident further along on Highway 2.
“The purpose of this program is to lower driving speeds and improve compliance with the ultimate goal of improving safety by reducing collisions,” says Dr. Karim El-Basyouny, with the Faculty of Engineering with the University of Alberta. “We will be collecting data, developing and implementing a manned enforcement deployment schedule, conducting periodic adjustments to the schedule, and then evaluating the data for the overall effectiveness of the program.”
Motorists are asked to respect the posted speed limit especially in the designated safety corridor between Airport Road and the Highway 2A overpass.
The enforcement will also address vehicles recklessly passing emergency vehicles. Along with the U of A, other partnering agencies include Alberta Transportation, Leduc RCMP, Leduc Enforcement Services, and Leduc Fire Services.
“We’re very pleased to support this study as the issue of traffic safety is of the utmost importance for the public and for first responders,” says Leduc RCMP Insp. Kevin Kunetzki. “Our first responders perform an important duty in the community and it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone arrives home safe and sound at the end of their shift.”
“We’re seeing higher traffic volumes and that means we’re responding to more and more emergency calls along Highway 2 in our community,” says Leduc Fire Chief George Clancy. “The ever-increasing danger to our emergency responders attending these incidents weighs significantly on our workforce.”
Mayor and council have dedicated funds from the Community Safety Advisory Committee to support this study with the University of Alberta.
For more information, please call the City of Leduc at 780-980-7177 or Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7200 or
Nikki Booth, Corporate Communications