School may be out for the summer, but road safety is still in season.
July can be a dangerous month for motorists, especially for young drivers who are most involved in fatal collisions during this month.
The Alberta RCMP and Integrated Traffic Units (ITU) are reminding young drivers traveling on Alberta roads and highways to use caution and avoid distractions.
“The message is simple, distracted driving is extremely dangerous. It puts you and everyone else on the road at greater risk of being involved in a collision,” said Superintendent Rick Gardner, with the Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. “Drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and off the phones.”
One of the leading factors for the high rate of collisions among youth is distracted driving.
"Distracted driving can be as dangerous as impaired driving. Officers from the ITUs are always watching for distracted drivers and we've seen everything from the obvious cell phones, to reading a book, to shaving, to holding a bowl of soup with one hand and eating it with a spoon in the other, all while driving,” said RCMP Sgt. Darrin Turnbull.
Police remind teenagers and young adults that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a serious responsibility.
“Things around you can change in the blink of an eye, please pay attention," added Turnbull.
In 2015, young drivers represented 14 per cent of the province's registered drivers, but made more than 20 per cent of the drivers involved in casualty collisions.