With back-to-school season and Labour Day right around the corner, Alberta RCMP expect increased traffic as people return from holidays and public transit and school buses start their regular routes again.
"With children returning to school, it's important for drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious and to respect the rules of the road," says Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. "Everyone must be mindful of bus and crosswalk safety and understand the expectations within school zones."
"Last Labour Day long weekend, Alberta RCMP responded to 354 motor vehicle collisions which resulted in 4 fatalities and 44 injuries," says Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. "Traffic safety is a shared responsibility. This long weekend, when you're on the road, always follow the posted speed limit and never operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or while fatigued."
Alberta RCMP urges drivers to practice the following back-to-school season tips to set a good example for traffic safety.
All road users: It is imperative that you are aware of your surroundings at all times to focus on the road and take appropriate actions to avoid a potential collision.
Students: Only cross at designated crosswalks and controlled intersections; make eye contact with drivers and ensure vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing; stay on the sidewalk when walking to and from school; and stay at a safe distance from the street when waiting for transit.
Parents: Ensure that your children know the safest route to and from school; if you're picking them up, park where it's safe to do so.
Drivers: Pay attention to road signage, know the speed limit and whether you're entering a school or playground zone; keep an eye out for children, especially during school operating hours; and stop when a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights.
The Alberta RCMP will continue to work with Alberta Sheriffs and other law enforcement and safety partners to ensure Albertans make the right driving decisions. Follow our #Safety101 traffic tips on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.