Alberta RCMP is reminding residents to practise traffic safety while they celebrate Canada Day.
In a press release, Supt. Gary Graham with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services said there were four reported fatalities due to motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions during the 2019 Canada Day long.
“I want to remind our drivers that we all have a responsibility to ensure our roads are safe for all users, especially in the summertime when we expect increased traffic volumes across the province.”
RCMP hopes to remind Albertans that impaired driving is criminal and dangerous.
“If you have consumed alcohol, don’t drive," said Supt. Rick Gardner with Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. "Call a taxi, use a ride-sharing service or designate a sober driver to get back home safely. We can avoid going through the pain of losing a loved one or seeing them suffer from serious injuries due to a collision by respecting the rules of the road.”
RCMP is urging residents to follow a number of other safety tips while they are out and about during the holiday. Always slow down in construction zones to ensure the safety of drivers, riders and workers.
Cyclists should remember to always obey traffic signals and yield right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections.
Meanwhile, anyone camping with a trailer should make sure it is fully fastened before embarking on their trip, and the lights, hitch, hook, wheels and brakes are working. Tires should also be in good condition.