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Saturday , 16 October 2021

Alberta RCMP promotes safe, sober driving this summer

With Canada Day approaching, many Albertans are making plans to celebrate the national holiday.

The Alberta RCMP reminds motorists that while July 1 is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the start of summer, it is important to practice safe, sober driving. Impaired driving is always preventable and can always be avoided.

In 2020, approximately 20 per cent of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions involved impaired driving. Officers removed 310 impaired drivers from our roadways in July 2020 alone. Unfortunately, eight of these incidents resulted in bodily harm.

Albertans can do their part to prevent impaired driving by practicing the following safety tips this Canada Day and all summer long:

  •  Never get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when impaired.
  • Arrange a sober ride to and from your destinations if you are planning on consuming drugs or alcohol.
  • Do not operate off-highway or recreational vehicles while impaired. It is illegal and dangerous.
  • Stand up against impaired driving and encourage others to practice smart driving behaviours

“Driving impaired is dangerous and never worth the risk,” Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services said. “Unfortunately, year after year, we continue to see motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol compromising not only their own safety but the safety of others. This summer, we are asking that motorists plan ahead and take steps to ensure they are only getting behind the wheel when sober.”

Arrive alive, don’t drink and drive. Don’t let cheers turn into tears.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!