Canada Day is tomorrow and many Albertans plan to take advantage of summer and some of the increased freedoms that Phase 2 of reopening has provided amidst the pandemic.
“Throughout Canada Day long weekend in 2019, there were unfortunately four reported fatalities due to motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions,” says Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “I want to remind our drivers that we all have a responsibility to ensure our roads are safe for all users, especially in the summertime when we expect increased traffic volumes across the province.”
With the Government of Alberta promoting local in-province travel and vacation, traffic on Alberta highways could increase.
This July, Alberta RCMP is reminding drivers to practice caution and to follow these traffic safety tips:
• If you are in a construction zone always slow down to ensure the safety of drivers, riders and workers.
• If you are cycling you must always obey traffic signals and yield right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections.
• If you use a trailer make sure it is fully fastened, the lights, hitch, hook, wheels and brakes are working, and that tires are in good condition.
Alberta RCMP especially urges Albertans to drive sober this holiday.
“Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is criminal and dangerous. If you have consumed alcohol, don’t drive. Call a taxi, use a ridesharing service or designate a sober driver to get back home safely,” says Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. “We can avoid going through the pain of losing a loved one, or see them suffer from serious injuries due to a collision by respecting the rules of the road.”