With any long weekend, the Drumheller Valley will see an increase of traffic, which means we all need to take our time and be cautious when travelling.

"Many people will be trying to get to the same place you are, allow extra time for your commute and be courteous along the way; we all want to enjoy the attractions the town has planned for the community this weekend," stated Cody Patton with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

Although there are many exciting attractions and events planned this weekend, watch your speed when travelling through or outside of town.

"In the summer months we tend to see speeds rise. I've had over four vehicles in the past month over 150 km/h and two vehicles in the high 140's on Highway 9. There is no need for that excessive speed, it puts both the driver and the motor public in jeopardy," Patton noted.

So, what are some other traffic safety tips the public should be aware of this long weekend?

"Please don't jump the traffic lights in town. The seconds you save by running a yellow (light) are not worth the potential ticket or worse, the potential collision. Keep an eye out for pedestrians this weekend. They're going to be all over the area this weekend in the event areas, so be mindful of crosswalks and walk lights," Patton outlined.

The RCMP will be out making sure there are no drinking and driving incidents, as well as making sure everyone enjoys a safe weekend.

"If you chose to celebrate this weekend with some adult beverages, please do not drink and drive or be in a public place intoxicated. There will be many alternatives to get home safely, so please plan ahead. All law enforcement efforts are to keep everyone safe this weekend, so please do all you can to assist them and make it a great Canada Day long weekend."

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