While impaired driving is a concern, police are being more on guard for a greater danger on the roads and that is distracted driving. File photo

A few safe driving reminders for summer

Police will be out on the highways watching for distracted, aggressive and impaired drivers

With summer in full swing and a relatively uneventful long weekend passed, the Alberta RCMP want to remind motorists to continue their safe driving habits.

Together, the RCMP and provincial Sheriffs in the various Integrated Traffic Units across the province want everyone, but especially young drivers and motorcyclists, to exercise caution and to avoid distractions since safety on the road is a shared responsibility.

Officers will be out all summer, at any time of day or night, to curb aggressive driving behaviour, impaired driving and distracted driving.

Alberta Traffic Sheriffs Supt. Rick Gardner stated, “Distracted and aggressive driving are both as dangerous as impaired driving. We remind Albertans, especially young drivers and riders, to always remember that getting behind wheels is a serious responsibility.”

In addition, the warm weather brings out a large number and variety of vehicles onto highways and law enforcement agencies are committed to stopping the dangerous practice by some people who continue to operate any vehicle after consuming alcohol.

A few tips to practice simple #SummerSafety include:Always drive with safety in mind, including using recreational vehicles and motorcycles, by using all appropriate safety devices and gear.

Pay attention to the road by leaving the cell phone and other distracting items for others in the vehicle to deal with, as the added distractions increase the risk of collisions.

Drinking and motors don’t mix — Whether in a vehicle or a boat, the law applies equally and the penalties are the same on the road and water.

Tailgating, cutting off vehicles and road rage put all drivers on the road at risk, so practice safe driving and arrive on time and intact at your destination.

For more, follow the #SummerSafety hashtag on the Alberta RCMP Facebook page (@RCMPinAlberta) as well as on Twitter (@RCMPAlberta).

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