RCMP increase Traffic Patrols this long weekend

Once again we are entering into a holiday long weekend; this one marking the end of the summer vacation. This weekend will have families returning home from summer holidays, children returning home for school and a fleury of school shopping travel.

Through the north, motorists can expect to see an increased presence by the police on the area highways. All fifteen (15) traffic services units in the north are reporting extra patrols and an increase in the number of police cars performing traffic enforcement duties to promote safe driving practices.

Above all, the police are hoping their efforts may keep them from having to knock on someone’s door or attend an emergency ward with unfortunate news of injury or death.

The following are a few driving tips from the RCMP to make sure it’s a safe long weekend:

Those motorists travelling this weekend are asked to plan their travel, accounting for delays associated to weather, collision incidents, and any other possible interruption. Aggressive driving, resulting from haste and impatience often ends in tragedy. The extra few moments it takes to arrive at your destination is worth the life of a loved one.

Getting the proper rest prior to your trip and ensuring you eat responsibly will assist with fatigue during a long travel day. Normally, about 45 minutes after eating a meal, the feeling for a siesta will affect our ability to concentrate. Eating light and planning regular breaks in your trip will help eliminate that effect.

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