The May long weekend has come and gone but a number of drivers have written reminders of mistakes from the start of the driving season.
Alberta RCMP said roads typically experience an influx of drivers during long weekends but due to the ongoing pandemic, this year was different.
With Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18 deemed national Road Safety Week, RCMP across the province focused their enforcement on speeding, distracted driving and those impaired behind the wheel. In Alberta, police responded to three fatal injury collisions and 19 non-fatal injury collisions.
Locally, Cst. Chantelle Kelly with Strathcona County RCMP told The News officers responded to three collisions in the county over the course of the long weekend.
Speeding was also a popular pastime for drivers during the long weekend with Alberta RCMP writing 1,700 speeding tickets. Three of those tickets were issued in Strathcona County.
“The Strathcona County RCMP is encouraging drivers to take extra care as the roads become busier over the summer months,” Kelly said. “Summer holidays and long weekends cause an increase in drivers on the roadways increasing the danger of collisions due to impaired and careless driving.”
Kelly said there were also three people charged for impaired driving in the county during the long weekend. Officers also issued three distracted driving violations.
“To prevent collisions and save lives, never drink and drive, avoid speeding and ensure everyone in the vehicle is always buckled up properly,” Kelly added.
In 2019, a check stop lead to a bump in speeding tickets, which tallied 240 for that May long weekend. Luckily, there were zero impaired drivers that year.
RCMP said all road users, drivers, riders, passengers and pedestrians alike, that traffic safety is a shared responsibility.
Kelly noted Strathcona County RCMP did not receive any social distancing complaints during the long weekend.
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