Gateway Gazette

Alberta RCMP Reminds Drivers and Motorcyclists to Take a Breath and Slow Down

Edmonton – This April, Alberta RCMP reminds Albertans that speeding is not only driving at speeds beyond posted legal limits, but also driving too fast for weather, road and traffic conditions.

Speeding behaviours put everyone at risk: drivers, passengers and other road users. Alberta RCMP wants drivers to put the brakes on speeding and encourages everyone to practice the following traffic safety tips:

·         Leave early. Give yourself enough time to arrive at your destination safely.

·         Respect posted speed limits. Drive according to weather, road and traffic conditions to ensure everyone’s safety on the road.

·         Take your life out of a speeding driver’s hands. Speak up against speeding and aggressive driving behaviours.

“Speeding creates a danger for everyone on the road and it’s not worth the risk. Speeding also makes it difficult to obey traffic signals, handle curves or react to potential hazards on the road,” said Superintendent Rick Gardner, Alberta Sheriffs. “Drivers are not the only road users who engage in speeding behaviours. Motorcyclists should also ride responsibly without speeding on our roads.”

“In 2019, Alberta RCMP issued over 157,000 speeding tickets. This number is still far too high,” said Superintendent Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Traffic safety, which includes engaging in safe driving and riding habits, is a shared responsibility. Speeding significantly increases your chances of being involved in a serious injury or fatal collision. We encourage all road users to make arriving at their destination safely their number one priority.”

The Alberta RCMP will continue to work with law enforcement and safety partners to ensure Albertans make the right driving decisions and avoid speeding on Alberta roads. Follow our traffic safety tips on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.

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