Traffic volume on roads and highways in the province are expected to increase for the long weekend and RCMP want you to stay safe.
17 deaths, seven of which were victims under 20-years-old, have already been recorded on highways in the province this month.
“We’ve noticed from May 1st to May 17th, there have already been 17 deaths due to motor vehicle collisions on roads and highways within RCMP jurisdiction,” explains Sgt. Jack Poitras. “That means it’s not counting for Edmonton, Calgary, Camrose and other places that have their own police force.”
Poitras says people need to be careful at all times because a collision can happen at any time.
“It is happening at all hours of the day and we always tell people not to drink and drive and this year we’re emphasizing the fact that you should not drive while distracted, keep their eyes on the road and pay attention,” explains Poitras.
He says they’ll be watching for dangerous drivers.
“We’re definitely seeing the issues with distracted driving, just from the stats that we do have, you’re four-times more susceptible to be in a serious collision if you’re driving while distracted,” explains Poitras.
He says police will be out in full force this long weekend.
“We’ll be out patrolling and probably doing checkstops throughout the province to make sure that people are not driving while distracted and not drinking and driving,” adds Poitras.
He says officers will be out in full force looking for seatbelt infractions, distracted driving, drunk driving and other dangerous behaviour on the roads. (twd, Newstalk770)