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Red Deer RCMP reminds motorists to practice safe driving this Family Day

February 16, 2024 1:47 PM

During this upcoming Family Day long weekend, Red Deer RCMP expects to see an increase in motorists using the roads and highways to visit their friends and family across the province. To ensure that everyone has a safe holiday, the RCMP reminds Albertans of the following safety tips:

Do not drive while under the influence: Alcohol or drugs can impact your driving. Always make sure you have a safe way to get home.

Drive to conditions: The speed limit is the maximum speed in ideal conditions. Always make sure to slow down if there are things that may affect your driving like snow, ice, or poor visibility.

Be mindful of other road users: With winter in full swing, you can expect to see more people participating in winter extracurricular activities. Keep an eye out for ATVs or others who may be sharing the roads and shoulders.

Prepare before departing: Before you set out on the road, make sure your GPS, radio, electronics, and mirrors are all set up properly, so you won’t be distracted while driving.

Use proper safety equipment and restraints: Make sure that everyone in the vehicle is properly secured in their seatbelts or child safety seats before driving. Also, if you’re going to be using an off road vehicle wear appropriate safety equipment like a helmet.

Let people know where you are: Before you leave make sure that you tell your friends and family of the route you’re taking and when they can expect you.

“Not being prepared and other distractions behind the wheel can have life altering consequences” said Sergeant Brian Herrick of Red Deer RCMP Traffic. “This Family Day let's all make sure to follow the rules of the road so we can get to and from where we're going safely."

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