Easter weekend will see an increase in traffic volume on Alberta’s roads and highways. The RCMP is reminding motorists that paying attention and having patience behind the wheel goes a long way in reducing the possibility of a collision. While it’s exciting to get away with family and friends for the weekend, don’t get distracted by your plans. Rather, plan for increased traffic volumes and plan to stay alert.
“We want everyone travelling on Alberta’s roads this long weekend to get to where they are going safely,” said Superintendent Ian Lawson, Officer in Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services, “If you’re on the roads remember to buckle up, leave the phone alone and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.”
Spring is a time of constantly changing road conditions. In Alberta it is not unusual to progress from clear, dry roads to snow covered roads within hours. With the clear roads, and the advent of spring weather, police are also reminding motorists to keep a careful eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. They should also be prepared to react to wildlife along the roadsides, especially in the early evening and morning hours.
Easter Long Weekend – 2015 (April 3 – April 6, 2015)
- Fatal Motor Vehicle Collisions: 1 (1 person deceased)
- Injury Motor Vehicle Collisions: 28
- Roadside Suspensions (alcohol or drugs): 37
- Impaired Operation (people charged): 83
Detachment Traffic Enforcement:
- Speeding: 502
- Seatbelt: 22
- Drive without due care or attention: 23
- Intersection Violations: 44
Integrated Traffic Units (RCMP and Sheriffs):
Distracted Driving: 59
Intersection Violations: 88
Police also want to remind motorist to depart early for your destination allowing for increased traffic, put down your cell phone, wear your seatbelt, pay attention to road and weather conditions, and do not drink and drive.
The RCMP wishes all families a safe and happy Easter weekend.
*Press Release from Alberta RCMP