Edmonton, AB – The RCMP is reminding Albertans that although many people have the upcoming long weekend off work, RCMP officers will be out in full force throughout the province to help ensure the Victoria Day celebrations are safe for everyone. The RCMP expects to see an increase in traffic volume and the number of RV’s and motorcycles on the roads. Motorists can expect to see an enhanced traffic enforcement presence as RCMP officers and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs focus on impaired and distracted drivers, speeding, and seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
“Our focus for the weekend will be to encourage Albertans to buckle up, slow down, put the cellphone away and enjoy the ride into summer,” said RCMP Superintendent Howard Eaton, Officer-in-Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “We want people to get where they are going, enjoy their time there, and get back home again – without collecting speeding tickets or impaired driving charges along the way.”
The RCMP also expects a significant increase in visitors to wilderness areas, provincial parks and summer lake communities, and will be on patrol focusing on campfire safety, drinking in public and ATV driver safety.
“Everyone knows that drinking and driving is a no go,” said Eaton. “They also need to realize that drinking too much in any setting can be dangerous- especially when campfires, boats, and ATVs are involved.”
The Victoria Day long weekend enforcement operations coincide with Canada Road Safety Week (May 12-18), an annual initiative aimed at making Canada’s Roads the safest in the world by the end of 2015. Saturday, May 16th is also the RCMP’s second National Impaired Driving Day of 2015, which will see RCMP officers set up Check Stops across Canada to promote safe driving and take dangerous drivers off the roads.