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RCMP urging driver safety ahead of long weekend

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As the August long weekend inches ever closer, the Grande Prairie RCMP is reminding drivers to keep safety top of mind, regardless of what type of vehicle they will be operating.

Grande Prairie RCMP Sergeant Shawn Graham says as the hot weather continues to blanket the region, police know the majority of the population are making the most of the warm weather socializing with others and enjoying themselves. However, he says enjoying time with friends has a responsibility attached to it.

“Collisions involving impaired drivers tend to happen more often during the summer months than the rest of the year, but it is something preventable when drivers plan for a safe ride home,” he says.

“If you’re out there, you want to not be impaired while you’re operating motor vehicles, that way everybody can be safe in what they’re doing.”

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Sgt. Graham says authorities will not be limiting their resources to just those on highways and roads in the region. He adds with ride-sharing options that are available, regardless of your situation, there is quite simply no reason for anyone to think about getting behind the wheel if they’ve consumed any drugs or alcohol.

“It applies to everything, we have lots of users on the rivers, in our water areas and also with off-road vehicles,” he says.

“Opportunities to get home safely are way more than they used to be, so the first step is not getting behind the wheel while you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

Graham adds while they don’t currently have plans for things like enhanced checkstops, there will be a noticeable police presence in the region over the three day weekend.

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