Edmonton, Alberta – Long weekends are an opportunity for many to travel to see family and loved ones, which also means increased traffic volume on Alberta’s roads and highways. This Easter long weekend, Alberta RCMP reminds motorists to drive carefully and avoid behaviours that increase the risk of collisions. Last Easter long weekend, 1 person lost their life and 19 people suffered injuries in motor vehicle collisions in RCMP jurisdictions in Alberta.
“Our primary goal is to ensure that all road users get to their destinations safely and are able to enjoy the long weekend with family and friends,” said Inspector Steve Daley, Acting Officer-in-Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Our officers will be out this Easter long-weekend patrolling the highways and we want to remind everyone, before they head out, to buckle up, don’t speed and put the phone down.”
This April, Alberta RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs are focusing their safety message on the dangers of speeding. Speed significantly increases the number of fatalities and injuries that result from collisions, and nearly one out of four fatal collisions involve unsafe speed (Alberta Transportation 2014).
Alberta RCMP Traffic Services work with Alberta Traffic Sheriffs in Integrated Traffic Units (ITUs) to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.