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Traffic safety leaders gather in Calgary for annual conference

Last Updated May 27, 2019 at 12:26 am MDT

(PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Calgary will play host this week for the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals to help improve roadways are secure for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

Workers from around the country and world will be in the city to collaborate and bring their ideas forward.

City of Calgary Traffic Safety lead Tony Churchill says the focus will be on lowering the number of deaths in accidents on the streets

“The theme for the conference is Vision Zero. Which is an international movement to reduce serious injuries and fatalities to zero. It’s not about reducing all collisions, we recognize that’s going to continue, but it’s about reducing the severity of those collisions when they happen,” Churchill said.

He adds they aren’t just focusing on helping those behind the wheel.

“To highlight some of the work we’ve been doing to make improvements for pedestrians and cyclists, but for all motorists. And we are also going to be having a workshop, where we’re going to be talking about how we can make intersections safer,” he said.

The conference runs until May 26th and among the discussions focused on throughout the week will be speeding, impaired driving of alcohol and cannabis, as well as distracted driving from cellphones and food.