RCMP across the province are asking drivers not to be a turkey and drive safely this Thanksgiving weekend.
Constable Mike Hibbs with RCMP Traffic Services says they’ll be targeting speeding, impaired driving and seat belt use, among other things, with what police call “Operation Impact”.
“Every police force involving the RCMP will be out in full force on the weekend and will be setting up various check stops… We’re basically looking for all distractions.”
Hibbs adds those travelling on rural highways should be mindful of farm equipment this time of year.
“A lot of farmers are harvesting for the fall here, and they’re trying to get things done before the winter sets in. Even moving cattle. We ran across an area where there was moving cattle just a few days ago. If you’re in those areas, just be mindful of the wildlife as well, and be mindful of the farmers. They do have a job to do.”
In 2016, 619 traffic collisions resulting in 73 injuries and four deaths took place in Alberta over Thanksgiving weekend.