Jim MacDonald - Staff Sergeant with the Olds RCMP detachment - says traffic safety is a shared responsibility and all motorists are reminded during the Heritage Day long weekend to practice safe driving behaviours such as remaining focused on the road, following traffic signs and posted speed limits, wearing seatbelts and driving sober.
Although many residents of Olds and the surrounding areas will be headed to camping destinations for the weekend, the Olds RCMP will still be focusing on local traffic safety with particular attention on distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving.
In 2019, Olds officers apprehended and charged 42 impaired drivers. This year, already 25 drivers have been charged with impaired driving related offences.
Staff Sergeant Jim MacDonald says each year, far too many Canadians are killed by impaired drivers. He adds, once you make the irresponsible decision to drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs, you put other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at significant risk of injury and death. You also risk losing your licence, your vehicle, your freedom and even your dignity. If you are drinking or using drugs, plan ahead and have a designated driver.
If anyone observes a suspected impaired driver, Olds RCMP say to call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Olds RCMP will be on the streets and highways this Heritage Day long weekend to assist in keeping motorists safe.
Alberta roads typically experience an influx of drivers on the long weekends and the RCMP expects that there may be even more people travelling with recreational vehicles than ever before due to the pandemic.
Staff Sergeant Jim MacDonald says many people are first time recreational vehicle (RV) owners and drivers. He notes driving an RV is much different than driving a car, truck or sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Some things to keep in mind include keeping the RV between the lines on the roadways, understanding that your RV takes a much longer distance to slow and come to a stop, knowing that RV tires have a lower speed rating than normal passenger vehicle tires and that there are often more blind spots requiring a driver's attention.
MacDonald says traffic safety is a shared responsibility and all motorists are reminded to practice safe driving behaviours such as remaining focused on the road, following traffic signs and posted speed limits, wearing seatbelts and driving sober.