May 14, 2013
RCMP and Sheriffs Stepping Up Efforts to Enforce Traffic – May Long Weekend
The RCMP and Sheriffs are integrating provincial traffic resources around the province to ensure a safe May long weekend for all motorists.
Integrated Traffic Units will be focusing on their priority issues: impaired driving, seat belt, speeding, intersection violations and traveling criminals during enhanced enforcement this holiday long weekend.
"Our message for the campaign is pretty straight forward", says Superintendent Eaton, "Don't drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, don't drive distracted, don't speed, and make sure everyone in the vehicle is using seat belts or child safety seats."
Superintendent Eaton believes a coordinated effort between education and enforcement will address traffic safety, but reminds us to be vigilant, especially for the long holiday weekends. "Most Albertans understand the importance of safe driving, but there is a small, persistent group of drivers who need to be reminded of the real consequences of their dangerous driving behaviour, both to themselves and to other road users. Our job is to remind them through education, and, if necessary, by enforcing the Traffic Safety Act."
The campaign will run Friday, May 17th to May 20th inclusive across the province.
"Working Together for Safe Highways"
May 13, 2013
As the warm weather arrives, and streets are cleaned, the RCMP would like to remind everyone to be aware and watchful for all users of the roadways, including cyclists and motorcyclists. It can be difficult to determine the speed and distance of both bicycles and motorcycles as they travel on the roadways, and motorists are asked to take extra caution when evaluating the time required turning in front of, or passing these vehicles. The single headlight of a motorcycle can also cause motorists to misjudge distance, leading to collisions and near misses.
With the May Long Weekend approaching, there are large numbers of motorcycles expected to be traveling on Alberta roads, and the RCMP want everyone to arrive safely. Motorcycles and bicycles are required to obey all the rules of the road, but even if in the right, a cyclist or motorcyclist can be severely injured or killed if involved in a collision with another vehicle.
If all users of our highways follow the rules of the road, obey the posted traffic control devices, and drive without the distractions of cell phones or other devices, it will help improve the safety of our highways, and help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable May Long Weekend.
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