RCMP are making safe transportation a priority this August long weekend.
Lots of people will be traveling to holiday destinations or visiting friends and family this weekend, increasing traffic on Alberta roads.
Over the August long weekend last year, 108 people were charged with impaired operation, including two boat operators.
Traffic on Alberta highways is expected to be high, so hte RCMP urge extra care to drive defensively and remind drivers to share the road and obey the posted speed limits.
Drinking and driving is always a major concern on holiday long weekends.
“Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada and prevention is the key,” said Steve Daley, acting officer in charge for Alberta Traffic Services.
Last year, the presence of drugs or alcohol was a factor in 27.9 per cent of all fatal collisions.
“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,” said Alberta Sheriffs superintendent, Rick Gardner.
Below are some safety tips to prevent impaired driving:
- Always plan ahead: consider public transit, taxis or finding a designated driver.
- If safe transportation is unavailable, crash on a couch! It’s better than crashing in traffic.
- If a person is on medication, check with a pharmacist about how it could affect driving ability.
- Spread awareness that driving under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as alcohol.
- If anyone sees or suspects a driver is impaired, call 911.