This Thanksgiving long weekend the RCMP are reminding you to be safe on the roads.
Mounties will be conducting traffic patrols throughout the weekend and Alberta Traffic Sheriff Superintendent Rick Gardner is asking drivers to take their time if they’re doing any highway driving.
“The fall season brings out farm equipment for harvest on rural roads, so be patient and pass safely. Also be conscious of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, watch out for wildlife especially in the early morning hours and the early evening hours.”
Over the Thanksgiving long weekend in 2015, four people died and 68 were injured in vehicle crashes.
He says the increased presence of Mounties on the roads isn’t about writing tickets, but about keeping people safe.
“More patrols on roadways are intended to deter dangerous driving behaviour and make our roads safer for everyone.”
The patrols are part of Operation Impact and will happen on major highways.
“Our focus will be on impaired and distracted drivers, those not wearing seatbelts and driving at excessive speeds.”
Along with busy roads, Edmonton has also seen the first snow fall of the season which has caused some accidents.
Edmonton Police say that between 6:00 Friday night and 11:00 Saturday morning, there were reports of nine hit and runs, seven injury collisions and 44 property damage collisions.