Thursday, August 30, 2012

Integrated Traffic Units (ITU) prepare for a busy long weekend

New sanctions under Bill 26 to be enforced

The September long weekend traditionally is one of the busiest on Alberta's highways.

Motorists can expect to see an increased RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriff presence on the roads this weekend. In their ongoing efforts to improve road safety, Integrated Traffic Units (ITU) will focus enforcement efforts on speeding, seat belt use and distracted driving.

"We know that a visible police presence on the roads over the long weekends has contributed to a reduction in the  number of serious injury and fatal collisions in recent years, "  said Inspector Stephen Grant, Operations Officer for RCMP "K" Division Traffic Services. " If people think they might get caught, they are more likely to slow down, buckle up and hang up the cell phone. It is as simple as that."

On Saturday, September 1st,  ITU personnel will also start enforcing the second phase of Bill 26. Blood alcohol limits above .05 ms % will result in an immediate three day suspension of driving privileges and a three day vehicle seizure. A second offence will result in a 15 day license suspension and a 7 day vehicle seizure. A third offence will result in a 30 day license suspension and a 7 day vehicle seizure.

"Our goal is to drive home the message that drivers must think before getting behind the wheel, and to keep thinking once they hit the road," said Superintendent Rick Gardner of the Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. " Don't become a statistic this Labor Day long weekend."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous30/8/12

    Unfortunately, half of the statistics are the victims.


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