With the long holiday weekend just around the corner, a lot of us are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying our time with loved ones.
 
Family Day long weekend increases traffic on roads throughout our province, so the Alberta RCMP want to remind drivers to be patient and avoid any behaviour that leads to collisions. 
 
"Sometimes it's excitement of going to visit family and friends (and) you're not 100 per cent concentrating on driving. A short lapse of attention could be the difference of you being safe, in the ditch or in an accident. So we're asking people to please concentrate on the road," stated Sergeant Jack Poitras of the RCMP's K Division and Strategic Communications Unit in Edmonton. 
 
In 2016, two people died and another 35 were injured in collisions during the Family Day long weekend in the Alberta RCMP Jurisdiction; this doesn't include Calgary, Edmonton, Camrose or Red Deer. 
 
"Our focus for the weekend is to encourage Albertans to buckle up, slow down, put the cell phone away and drive sober," outlined Poitras. "Any loss of life is one too many, so let's keep those numbers to zero if we can."
 
February is also Distracted Driving month, according to Alberta Traffic Safety Calendar, and Poitras added that police will be paying closer attention.
 
"We want to remind people for this weekend as they're driving off highway vehicles, ATV's and snowmobiles to be careful out there, especially in the evening when it's harder to see the hazards. People do get in accidents and also to remind them that impaired driving does apply to those vehicles," he noted. 
 
 
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