RCMP are reminding motorists to drive safely this Thanksgiving weekend.
As part of Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2010, police will be conducting a holiday road blitz targeting drunk drivers, motorists not wearing seatbelts and aggressive drivers. The hope is that for some drivers, a warning or ticket will be a wakeup call to be safer on the road.
“The deaths, pain and broken hearts that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented," said Staff Sgt. Al Knibbs, acting officer in charge of K-Division Traffic Services.
In Alberta over the past year, there have been 388 deaths and 2,160 serious injuries related to vehicle collisions.
During last year’s Operation Impact weekend, RCMP in Alberta investigated four fatal deaths and 28 serious injury motor vehicle crashes.
Meanwhile, more sheriffs will be hitting Alberta’s highways this long weekend to crack down on speeders and aggressive drivers.
The sheriffs are part of the complement of 42 enforcement positions approved in this year’s budget that will be patrolling provincial highways, said Andy Weiler, spokesman for the Solicitor General and Public Security department