Alberta RCMP, along with enforcement partners, will be engaged in Canada Road Safety Week from May 11 to 18, 2009 as part of the larger national campaign, Road Safety Vision 2010, aiming to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.Canada Road Safety Week will begin at 12:01 a.m. on May 11 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on May 18, 2009.
This enforcement-driven initiative is designed to increase public compliance with the rules of the road; saving lives. Throughout the week, Drumheller RCMP officers will focus on increased and targeted enforcement in: impaired driving (alcohol/drugs/fatigue), occupant restraint use, aggressive driving for all users including drivers, riders, and even pedestrians. A week‑long education campaign will also address the importance of safe driving. “We want to raise the public’s awareness about the ways in which they can help make Canada’s roads the safest in the world,” says Staff Sgt. Art Hopkins. This special enforcement week is a police-led initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of their enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. “Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because we know that death, pain and broken hearts resulting from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented and because we know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways. The carnage and fatalities on our roadways due to carelessness represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co‑workers, and neighbors,” says Hopkins. The RCMP has chosen the May long weekend because it is the first long weekend of the summer where more people are traveling and traffic collisions are more frequent.