Spruce Grove ranked as safest city in Canada for second year in a row

Spruce Grove ranked as safest city in Canada for second year in a row

Allstate Safe Driving Study examined collision frequency in communities across country

Spruce Grove has been ranked as the safest city in Canada for the second year in a row, based on the findings from the latest Allstate Insurance Company of Canada Safe Driving Study External.

The study examines collision data of Allstate Canada customers in various provinces, including Alberta, and uses it to rank cities according to collision frequency. Of the 86 communities included in the 2016 study, Spruce Grove came in the safest with a collision frequency rate of 3.6 per cent. Last year, Spruce Grove was the safest city out of the 101 communities that were ranked.

"Public safety is our only goal," says Spruce Grove Fire Chief Robert Kosterman. "Although we are trained to, and do respond to emergencies when they occur, we also work hard to prevent them in the first place and drivers in our community can play a huge role in that regard. Slowing down by just a few kilometres per hour is often the difference between a serious collision and no collision."

Ten Alberta communities were included in the study and four were in the top 10 for safest cities. In addition to Spruce Grove, Lethbridge (#2), Medicine Hat (#6) and St. Albert (#8) were all in the top 10.

Overall, the study shows the national collision frequency rate has risen from 5.6 per cent to 5.7 per cent since the previous period. Halifax, N.S., had the highest collision frequency rate at 7.77 per cent.

According to the data, the three most common types of collisions are vehicles being rear-ended (26 per cent), collisions occurring while passing or turning through an intersection (24 per cent) and collisions involving parked vehicles (13 per cent).

Friday is the day with the highest number of collision claims across the country at 17 per cent, while accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists were most likely to occur on Wednesdays.

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