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Police officers focused on combating impaired driving this long weekend

The May long weekend is approaching, but more officers will be on the job on both sides of the border, fighting impaired driving.

This week is Canada Road Safety Week. The week focuses on making sure roads and highways across the country are safe and drivers are avoiding impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and more, while also following good practices such as wearing their seatbelts.

More officers will be out, both on Saskatchewan and Alberta highways, to make sure this is the case. Inspector Chris Romanchych, of the Alberta RCMP Traffic Services, says in their province alone, 20% of all fatal collisions involved impaired driving last year.

Last year, they also charged 40 motorists with impairment over the Victoria Day Long weekend alone.

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The Saskatchewan RCMP adds that between death, injury, fines, impounds and suspensions, these bad driving behaviours are not worth the risk.

Detachments across Canada will also be posting traffic tips and safety advice to their social media throughout the week.

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