The holidays are here and for many of us this is a time to relax and celebrate with loved ones. The Alberta RCMP encourage Albertans to enjoy the season to the fullest, but also remind you of the additional risks associated with the holidays, particularly when it comes to traffic safety.
Winter weather conditions mixed with increased traffic volumes and holiday stress can create a danger for everyone on the road. Adding alcohol or drugs to the mix only increases that danger. Police reiterate the dangers that come with impaired driving and stress the importance of planning ahead for a safe ride home during the festivities.
"The best way to ensure your safety and that of others, is to avoid driving impaired. There are many safe options available – take public transit, call a cab, or arrange for a designated driver. If you plan to partake in the festivities, always make sure you know how you will be getting home safely at the end of the night and encourage others to do the same," says Superintendent Rick Gardner, Alberta Sheriffs.
Alberta RCMP, along with the Alberta Sheriffs, were busy on the roads earlier this month in an effort to take impaired drivers off the roads. The December 2nd, 2017 Checkstop Blitz was part of a large-scale operation which resulted in 31 impaired driving charges.
"It was important that we start patrolling early to remind Albertans that we will be actively looking for impaired drivers throughout the month," says S/Sgt. Don Murray, District Commander, Capital Region Integrated Traffic Unit. "The Checkstop served as a visible reminder to the public that it is never okay to drive impaired."
Police cannot do it alone. Keeping Alberta roads safe requires an effort from both police and road users alike. When we all take steps to prevent impaired driving, we have the ability to save lives and ensure a happier holiday season for everyone involved. Working together, we can make a positive impact on road safety this holiday season.
This holiday season, Alberta RCMP will be implementing a social media campaign depicting the harmful ways alcohol can sometimes influence our decisions. The series of videos can be found on our Alberta RCMP Youtube channel.
Alberta RCMP Traffic Services work with Alberta Traffic Sheriffs in Integrated Traffic Units (ITUs) to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.