As families pack up and prepare to venture out for the August long weekend, Alberta RCMP is reminding motorists to take caution.
While many are quick to pick up their phones for a quick look at GPS or social media, police warn these few seconds could result in a serious collision.
"We remind Albertans that distracted driving can severely limit a driver's ability to focus on driving and road conditions," said Supt. Rick Gardner with Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. "Make sure to always put electronics away and to be prepared for unexpected actions of other road users and changing driving conditions such as construction."
During the 2018 Heritage Day long weekend there were a total of eight fatalities and 39 injuries due to motor vehicle collisions in Alberta, according to police.
"From January to June 2019, 5,063 distracted-driving-related tickets were issued in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions," said Supt. Gary Graham with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. "These high-risk driving behaviours are unacceptable. Travelling safely from one location to another on our roadways is a shared responsibility – whether someone is an experienced driver or a new one, we all need to work together to keep our roads safe."
There are simple ways to ensure everyone arrives safely to their destination:
- Be aware it is construction season and be prepared for speed changes and lane closures.
- Motorcyclists and cyclists should always wear the proper protective gear.
- Drivers new to Alberta need to ensure they know and follow the rules of the road, as these can differ from country to country, and province to province.
Remember to slow down, use caution and reach your campsite, lake lot, or cottage safely this long weekend.