Though we expect less traffic on our provincial highways this upcoming Victoria Day long weekend due to current public health restrictions, the Alberta RCMP will be out patrolling and removing impaired drivers from the roads in participation of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday, May 22.
This annual initiative is part of Canada Road Safety Week (CRSW), a national campaign held from May 18 – 24 led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
“In 2020, approximately 20 per cent of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions involved impaired driving. Last year, Alberta RCMP charged 40 motorists with impairment over the Victoria Day Long weekend alone,” says Insp. Chris Romanchych, from Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “We want to ensure that everyone, wherever they may be travelling over the long weekend, does so safely.”
The country-wide campaign aims to make our roads and highways safest in the world by promoting safe driving behaviours as they relate to impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and more. In addition to enforcing sober driving over the long weekend, the Alberta RCMP will be sharing traffic tips throughout the week in support of CRSW.
The Alberta RCMP will work together with law enforcement agencies across the province during CRSW and the holiday long weekend to ensure road users are adhering to traffic laws and practicing smart driving behaviours.
Don’t let cheers turn into tears, don’t drink and drive.