With the daylight becoming shorter and shorter, Alberta RCMP officers are reflecting on the summer that was.
The RCMP are taking a look back on what has proven to be a difficult summer across the province.
From May to July 2017, police reported a significant number of injuries and deaths on roads, rivers and lakes across the province.
During that time frame:
- 11 people have drowned in Alberta lakes and rivers
- 1,277 were injured in collisions and 50 died on roads and highways within RCMP jurisdiction
- 29 cyclists were injured and two died on roads and highways within RCMP jurisdiction
- 71 people were injured in off-road collisions while four died
- 145 motorcyclists were injured and seven died on roads and highways within RCMP jurisdiction
“The incidents which have occurred in the past few months prompt us to reiterate our safety messages to Albertans,” said Steve Daley with the RCMP. “Although we always expect to see a greater number of people out on roads, highways, off-road and on waterways across the province during the summer months, our number one priority is to ensure that everyone’s activities are safe and that their journey home is also safe.”
Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death in Alberta; for the RCMP they remain a top priority for Integrated Traffic Units.