Don’t be a turkey, drive safely this Thanksgiving weekend

By rdnewsNOW staff
October 6, 2017 - 6:49am Updated: October 6, 2017 - 11:10am

EDMONTON- The Thanksgiving weekend is upon us.

Many Albertans will be hitting the road this weekend and RCMP are reminding drivers to practice safe driving behaviours and reduce the risk of collisions.

"As with all long weekends, we expect to see more vehicles on the road,” says Sergeant Brock Linaker, 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 2016, there were 619 traffic collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions.

There were 73 people injured and 4 deaths.

Again year, RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs will be patrolling highways across the province starting Friday, October 6 through to Monday October 9, 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,” says Superintendent Rick Gardner, Alberta Sheriffs. This long weekend, we want everyone to enjoy the festivities and that starts with putting traffic safety rules into practice.” 

As we head further into the fall, drivers can also expect to see farm equipment on rural roads as the harvest is still underway in parts of Alberta.

Also remember, as the autumn days get shorter, motorists are reminded to keep a careful eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians in addition to being prepared to react to wildlife along the roadsides.

(Gary McKinnon)

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