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Alberta RCMP remind drivers to drive safe this holiday long weekend

As part of Canada Road Safety Week, Alberta RCMP and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police are promoting safe driving behaviours. 

The annual campaign aims to reduce roadway collisions, injuries, and deaths by stressing public compliance with safe driving measures, especially during the Victoria Day long weekend. 

The RCMP are focusing on enforcement efforts to curtail behaviours that pose a serious risk to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. These include drug and alcohol-impaired driving, fatigue, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and driving without a seatbelt. 

The following tips can help avoid unsafe driving behaviours: 

  • If you consume drugs or alcohol, arrange for transportation from a sober friend, taxi, family member, or ride-sharing service. 
  • Get enough sleep and if you are tired while driving, find a safe place to pull over for a rest. 
  • If you are becoming agitated with another driver or encounter another motorist driving aggressively, safely pull over and contact the police. 
  • Always buckle up no matter how short your trip is. 

“In 2023, the Alberta RCMP removed 7,707 impaired drivers from provincial roadways, an average of 21 impaired drivers per day,” says Sgt. Darrin Turnbull, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “During last year’s Canada Road Safety Week, RCMP officers removed 205 impaired motorists from Alberta’s streets and highways.” 

Written by: Stan Ashbee – Vista Radio

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