Thursday, April 30, 2015

Volunteers cleaning up provincial highways across Alberta on Saturday, May 2

RCMP Integrated Traffic Units

Integrated Traffic Units and all RCMP detachments would like to remind motorists to slow down to ensure the safety of thousands of volunteers participating in this year’s Annual Highway Cleanup.

Each spring, thousands of volunteers help keep Alberta roadways clean while earning funds to support their non-profit organizations. This year’s Annual Highway Cleanup takes place on Saturday, May 2. 

Youths and adults will be wearing orange safety vests when picking up garbage along highways across the province. Signs will be posted indicating where cleanup crews are working. In the event of inclement weather, the cleanup will take place on Saturday May 9.

“Pay attention, slow down and be cautious”, says Superintendent Howard Easton, Officer in Charge of the Integrated Traffic Unit. “Your actions could endanger the working volunteers cleaning along Alberta highways this coming Saturday.”

Last year, 626 volunteer groups, with over 15,000 volunteers, raised $923,230 by collecting 53,000 bags of garbage from 11,000 kilometres of Alberta roadways.

For the safety of everyone, motorists are asked to slow down, obey signs and be cautious when passing cleanup crews. Volunteers will be wearing bright orange safety vests. They must be at least nine years old, attend a safety training program and be under adult supervision.

The annual highway cleanup was established as a fundraiser for non-profit and community organizations and to help clean up provincial highway right-of-ways. The event is held each year on the first or second Saturday of May, depending on weather.

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