Calgary police caused a stir when they said this week they will test every driver they pull over, or who passes through a checkstop, for alcohol impairment. Red Deer police say this has long been the practice in our city. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Alberta RCMP enforces traffic safety this Thanksgiving weekend

This Thanksgiving weekend, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services is carrying out enforcement initiatives from Oct. 8 to 11 targeting impaired driving due to drugs, alcohol, distracted driving, and more. These province-wide initiatives are in support of #OperationImpact2021 — an annual awareness campaign organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) to promote safe driving practices.

Last year, there were unfortunately five fatalities and 58 injuries as a result of 36 motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

We ask all motorists to remember the following before taking to the roads:

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs your judgment and reaction time. Impaired driving is criminal and dangerous.

Getting behind the wheel fatigued limits your ability to pay attention to the road. Don’t drive drowsy.

Texting, or handling other devices on your dashboard while driving, forces you to take your eyes off the road. Distracted driving increases your risk of a roadway collision.

Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained using seat belts or child car seats. Buckling up keeps occupants safe and prevents injury.

Operation Impact’s theme this year is Be a hero. Aim for zero. – focused on Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025: Towards Zero, which aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

“To ensure everyone can enjoy and celebrate the Thanksgiving long weekend safely, we ask that Albertans practice smart driving behaviours and share the road responsibly,” said Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services.

“This season, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services is grateful for road users who are doing their part to keep our province’s roadways safe.”

If you witness any dangerous driving or a possible impaired driver this holiday weekend, please call 911. For more traffic safety information, follow us on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.