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National Road Safety week gets underway…

FORT ST. JOHN, BC: As everyone gears up for the May long weekend, the kick-off to summer, Police forces across Canada are participating in National Impaired Driving Enforcement day, to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

In preparation for increased summer road traffic, the Fort St. John RCMP will be participating in the annual National Road Safety Week (May 14-20, 2019). This awareness campaign focuses on behaviours that put road users most at risk. Police will be focusing on ensuring drivers are sober and alert, and that seat-belts are being used as most traffic related injuries and death are preventable.

The 2016 Victoria Day long weekend in British Columbia saw 1900 collisions in British Columbia with 490 people sustaining injuries. That same year, in the North Central Region, there were 38 people injured in 140 collisions. On average, two people are killed every year over the long weekend in BC.

The Fort St. John RCMP want to take this opportunity to remind motorists to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs or ride with drivers who are. “Driving is a privilege and nobody goes out thinking they are not going to return home or get injured while travelling”, said Constable Chad Neustaeter. “Help to keep the roads safe for everyone.”

Quick tips to have a safe May long weekend.

  • Plan your travels ahead of time so you are not rushed or in a hurry.
  • Drive at the posted speed limits and help drivers get back into the lane when they pass you.
  • Remain focused and avoid distraction while driving especially if you have passengers (precious cargo) in your vehicle.
  • Only drive sober! Call for a taxi or sober friend or family member to pick you up if you have had anything to drink.

Enjoy your weekend, drive safe.

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