Another long weekend is upon us, with most people getting Monday off for Thanksgiving, but police forces and traffic control won't be taking time off.
"We anticipate there will be lots of traffic on the roads, people travelling to see family, it could be a close drive or it could be several hours," noted Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP. "Whichever category you fall into, please take your time, slow down and obey all the traffic laws. Get there safely."
"With an increased amount of traffic, we're going to have increased patrols to make sure everyone is obeying the law," he added. "We don't want to have any unnecessary collisions. It can get very frustrating when you have a lot of traffic and people are zipping in and out, driving aggressively: we want to make sure we're curbing that behaviour."
One good thing, especially after the winter reminder we got with last Monday's snow storm, is the forecast for this weekend is more conducive to an easy drive.
"The forecast looks great, so that's one plus, but it can change suddenly in Alberta, we all know that, so be prepared."
He says that preparation should include an emergency kit with warm clothes and a candle, just in case you become stranded on the side of the road.