Al­berta RCMP“Walk smart, Drive smart” #Oper­a­tionIm­pact 2018 tack­les pedes­trian safety

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

This Thanks­giv­ing long week­end, po­lice forces across Canada led #Oper­a­tionIm­pact to en­cour­age safe driv­ing be­hav­iours. Be­tween Oc­to­ber 5-8, 2018, there were two pedes­trian in­juries in two sep­a­rate col­li­sions in Al­berta RCMP ju­ris­dic­tion.

This Oc­to­ber, Al­berta RCMP and Al­berta Traf­fic Sher­iffs are fo­cus­ing their #Traf­ficSafety mes­sages on pedes­trian safety. In 2016, half of the driv­ers in­volved in pedes­trian ca­su­alty col­li­sions failed to yield the right of way to the pedes­trian (Al­berta Trans­porta­tion).

Al­berta Sher­iffs Supt. Rick Gard­ner says, “Pedes­trian safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity be­tween road users, mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans alike.” He adds that, “Our Thanks­giv­ing #Oper­a­tionIm­pact raised aware­ness about re­spect­ing the rules of the road, im­pair­ment by al­co­hol, drugs and fa­tigue as well as watch­ing for wildlife along the road­sides.”

Al­berta RCMP Supt. Gary Gra­ham says, “This Thanks­giv­ing long week­end, our #Oper­a­tionIm­pact fo­cused on elim­i­nat­ing be­hav­iours that put driv­ers, pas­sen­gers and pedes­tri­ans at risk, such as be­ing dis­tracted, im­paired or fa­tigued.” Gra­ham ex­plains that, “Our ef­forts, along with Al­berta Sher­iffs, have helped Cana­di­ans stay safe on our roads.”

Thanks to our part­ner­ship with Pro­vin­cial Sher­iffs, our In­te­grated Traf­fic Units will con­tinue to en­sure that Al­ber­tans make safe driv­ing de­ci­sions and pre­vent col­li­sions. Fol­low our #Traf­ficSafety tips on Face­book @RCMPinAl­berta and Twit­ter @RCMPAl­berta.

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