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Friday, June 28, 2013

Alberta Integrated Traffic Unit Summer Safety Campaign for Alberta roads

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On the eve of this long weekend, RCMP and Sheriff traffic officers are at the ready to kick off this Summer Safety Campaign for Alberta roads.

In an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions on Alberta roads this summer, Integrated Traffic Units are gearing themselves up to apprehend impaired drivers and deter traffic violations such as speed, occupant restraints and distracted driving. RCMP officers and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs will be conducting check stops and patrolling Alberta roads. 

This ongoing summer campaign will remind Albertans that being safe behind the wheel is the key to enjoying Alberta roads this summer.

"Our message for the campaign is pretty straight forward", says Superintendent Eaton officer of "K" Division Traffic Services, "Don't drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, don't drive distracted, don't speed, and make sure everyone in the vehicle is using seat belts or child safety seats." Eaton adds that generally people know the rules of the road but he believes we need to continually provide the public information and education on safe driving practices and back it up with strict enforcement. "Changing driving behaviours requires a collective effort from all stakeholders including those of enforcement, researchers, engineers and the key partner being the drivers themselves".
Officers would like to remind Albertans that while they are the roadways this weekend they keep in mind that there has been significant amount of damage to road infrastructure, especially in Southern Alberta. Emergency Services workers are at traffic control points or servicing infrastructure such as power, gas and water. It is important to slow down when passing Emergency vehicles and workers and to safely pull over when prompted by an emergency vehicle.
Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

RCMP and Sheriffs have integrated and are provincial traffic resources around the province.

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