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Traffic Safety Fund Targets Local Solutions

Alberta’s Office of Traffic Safety is inviting applications for money from the $500,000 Alberta Traffic Safety Fund to support community-based safety initiatives.

The Alberta Traffic Safety Fund (ATSF), part of Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan 2015, aims to identify and address traffic safety priorities by encouraging people to develop and implement preventative and collaborative traffic safety projects.

“When most people think of traffic safety, they think of police officers running checkstops and enforcing speed limits. The Traffic Safety Fund aims to create awareness and educate Albertans at a local level about the dangers of impaired driving, not wearing your seatbelt, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviours.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

 

Applicants may apply for a small grant ($5,000 maximum) or a large one ($5,001 to $17,000). The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2017.

ab-traffic-safetyTraffic Safety Fund projects

Some past projects include:

  • Helping the Canadian Native Friendship Centre to develop learn-to-drive kits geared specifically for Indigenous communities to hold traffic safety study sessions with young Indigenous adults.
  • Allowing the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta to develop short animated videos addressing distracted driving and following too closely, which were shown in movie theatres and also can be posted on websites and social media.
  • Supporting Alberta students to attend the 2016 Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving National Conference held in Calgary.
  • Giving Indigenous communities in northern Alberta money to develop billboards with anti-impaired driving messages.

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