The Alberta RCMP want to remind drivers to practice safe driving behaviours over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
“As with all long weekends, we expect to see more vehicles on the road,” said Sergeant Brock Linaker, with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Drivers should prepare for the increased traffic volumes by planning their route ahead of time, leaving early, driving sober and being mindful of others on the road. All of these behaviours will help get you to your destination safely.”
During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, there were 619 traffic collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions, which led to 73 people being injured and four deaths.
This year, Integrated Traffic Units (ITUs) will continue their efforts in reducing those numbers by participating in Operation Impact. Operation Impact is a Canada-wide initiative sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police aimed at detecting behaviours that put all road users at risk during the long weekend. This includes, but is not limited to, impaired and distracted driving, speeding and seat belt use.
“Each year, we look forward to participating in Operation Impact because it is an initiative that complements our goal of creating safe roads for all Albertans,” added Rick Gardner, Alberta Sherrifs Superintendent. "This long weekend, we want everyone to enjoy the festivities and that starts with putting traffic safety rules into practice.”
Police will be patrolling highways across the province starting Friday and continuing through to Monday.