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Intersection safety awareness check stop in Grande Prairie today

The local Safe Communities Injury Prevention committee will be holding a check stop this afternoon at the corner of 99th Ave and 99th Street starting at 1:30.

They say it’s clear from statistics that drivers in Grande Prairie need to improve their attitudes and behaviors, as they’re causing senseless collisions and injuries.

While vehicle accidents causing injury have gone down across the province over the past four years, they’ve increased in Grande Prairie by more than 100 per cent.

In 2013 the city saw 507 collisions, which is more than 16 times as many as Medicine Hat, which has nearly the same population.

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The main causes of crashes at intersections are running red lights and stop signs, following too closely, speeding, making unsafe left hand turns, and driving distracted.

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