Motorists traveling over the long weekend are being reminded to drive safe and sober by the Integrated Traffic Unit.
The RCMP will be patrolling the highways looking for impaired, distracted and speeding or aggressive drivers, as well as occupant restraints.
Sargent Darrin Turnbull, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services, says safe driving is important every weekend, but with this being a long weekend there will be more traffic on the roadways because people are off work and going to see friends and family, so it becomes even more important to take extra care when driving.
“Sometimes they’re not used to where they’re going, they’re not familiar with the road,” said Turnbull. “They might be at the very last minute taking a sudden off-ramp to get off the highway where ever they’re going because they’re not sure where they’re going.”
“So, always pay attention, make sure that you’re watching way down the road to see what’s happening, drive sober [and] wear your seatbelt.”
Turnbull added people going to see family, friends, camping or to a party should ask their family and friends to work together and plan ahead in order to stay safe.
“They need to realize that if you’re going somewhere and if you’re going to be drinking, make a decision before you start drinking as to how am I going to get home? Who’s going to be my designated driver? Or if you are not in that situation, where am I staying? Am I staying overnight? Make those plans ahead of time,” explained Turnbull.
People are also being asked to report unsafe drivers or drivers who may be intoxicated to call 9-1-1.
Turnbull says other things to be aware of this weekend are ATV’s and impaired boating.
If you are operating an ATV, make sure you are sober and using the proper safety equipment, including a helmet, and boating impaired is a Criminal Code offence just like impaired driving.
If you are operating an ATV, make sure you are sober and using the proper safety equipment, including a helmet. And boating impaired is a Criminal Code offence just like impaired driving.