May 27, 2018

Alberta Traffic Safety’s July long-weekend implementation

By Brian Herrick, Sgt.
RCMP  NCO i/c Blackfalds Integrated Traffic Services

Strategic “July long-week-end” implementation.
This Alberta Traffic Safety Program; Strategic “July Long-Week-End” implementation incorporates high visibility, strategic objectives, public awareness and education combined with the act of a professional traffic stop. Resources will be directed towards identified areas of concern throughout the province for the purpose of reducing or eliminating collisions and encouraging compliance with the basic rules of the road.
Each portion of  the  Alberta Traffic Safety “July Long-Week-End” enforcement program will be viewed as part of an overall approach to traffic safety measures and be tied in with the Alberta Traffic Safety Action Plan, with both being a part of the Integrated Traffic Services Strategic Traffic Safety Program.
Initiatives under the Alberta Traffic Safety Program; part of the Strategic “July Long-Week-End” enforcement will address high-risk behaviors. The majority of our fatalities involve high risk behaviors. This strategic approach ensures a unified Traffic Enforcement with response focusing on reducing injuries and saving lives, twenty-four hours a day, for the July “Long-Week-End”.
The focus for this deployment will be “Impaired Driving, Aggressive Driving and Speeding”.
Time lines for the July Long Weekend: Friday June 30 through Sunday July, 2017.
Components of the Alberta Traffic Safety Program:
 (July long-week-end implementation)
The following components collectively make up the overall framework of the Alberta Traffic Safety Program.  Each component represents a return to basic, well-proven measures that, when applied on a consistent, provincial-wide basis will dramatically impact serious injury collisions and fatalities.
Traffic Safety – Refers to all facets of traffic and includes all highways, trails and waterways in Alberta. In addition, pedestrian traffic, urban/rural issues, commuter traffic and cyclists all come under the umbrella of this program. Initiatives to reduce injuries and save lives on our highways, trails and waterways are developed and delivered through the Alberta Police Service Traffic Safety Program, in conjunction with the Alberta Strategic Road Safety Action Plan.
High Visibility – Violators who engage in high risk driving behaviors threaten the safety of all motorists and must be detected and dealt with by an active Traffic Safety presence. The more visible police officers are as they conduct their everyday duties, the more they create a presence that will lead to the deterrence of both traffic and criminal violations.

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