The Lloydminster RCMP will be out in full force this long weekend to put a clamp on traffic-related offences like impaired driving, distracted driving and aggressive driving.
“It’s typically the first warm long weekend of the summer,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger of the Lloydminster RCMP. “Many people go out to cabins, a lot higher traffic volumes, more people are starting to go out and be on boats and recreational vehicles.”
Those factors, Kirzinger says, make the Victoria Day long weekend a hot time for people to make poor decisions, especially on the road. He adds that the RCMP won’t be focusing on particular areas of the city, but will have a steady presence throughout the Lloydminster area.
The RCMP is also focusing more on younger drivers this month, as it attempts to instill good decision-making habits in those who are new to the road.
“One of the main things that we’re focusing on for new and young drivers is distracted driving,” said Kirzinger. “New and young drivers are more susceptible to distractions while driving. They are in the beginning stages of developing the skills necessary to handle a multitude of information while driving.”
Kirzinger also encourages family members to talk about road safety and to set good examples while operating vehicles themselves.
“These skills can be honed and we encourage parents to take the time and ensure their new and young drivers are given all the skill necessary to succeed, many of these come by exhibiting good driving behaviours,” he said.
As part of the month-long focus, the RCMP is conducting discussions with driver education classes throughout May.
“We’re trying to ensure that they have good driving practices and good driving habits, that they are able to practise these at a young age, whether it be actual age or just the amount of time that they have behind the wheel, to ensure that they’re able to get started with good habits and behaviours,” Kirzinger said.