Police urging public to keep it safe over August long weekend

by Morinvile News Staff

With many Albertans on the road over the August long weekend travelling to holiday destinations or visiting friends and family, RCMP are expecting traffic volume on Alberta highways to be high.

Police are asking motorists to take extra care to drive defensively, share the road, and obey the posted speed limits. They are also asking people to be mindful of impaired driving in their plans for alternate transportation.

“Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada and prevention is the key. Ensure you make plans for a safe, sober ride home before you begin consuming alcohol,” says Steve Daley, Acting Officer in Charge, Alberta Traffic Services. “If you’re going to be drinking, make plans to have a safe ride home and encourage others to plan ahead as well. You might save a life.”

Over the 2016 August long weekend, 108 people were charged with impaired operation in RCMP jurisdictions, including two boat operators. That same year, the presence of drugs or alcohol was a factor in 27.9% of all fatal collisions. Police remind everyone that impairment by drugs and alcohol results in a shorter attention span, an altered perception of time and distance, and slower reaction times.

“Whether you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, riding an ATV or even operating a boat this holiday weekend, remember that drinking and ‘driving’ is a no go,” says Superintendent Rick Gardner, Alberta Sheriffs.

If you see or suspect an impaired driver, call 911.

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