BIBLE HILL – Motorists planning to hit the highways and byways this Thanksgiving weekend are advised to remain alert and sober – the police will be watching you.
As with most long weekends, spot checks and other surveillance methods by the RCMP will be especially heavy as police try to prevent accidents in light of increased traffic on the highways.
“We’ve basically increased our staff for this weekend, as we do with most long weekends and we’re targeting primarily what we call causal factors of collisions,” said Sergeant Phil Oliver of the RCMP’s Northern Traffic Services in Bible Hill.
“We’re working basically 24 hours a day covering the roads and major highways and back road.”
Northern Traffic Services will be working in conjunction with regular RCMP members from the Bible Hill detachment to increase the police presence on local roads. But similar practices are being undertaken by the RCMP right across the province this weekend.
Police will be checking to ensure drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelts and that they are not impaired by alcohol or drugs. But they will also be on the lookout for speeders and aggressive or distracted drivers (by cellphone use or whatever).
“So we’re targeting those offences and violations. We’re working basically 24 hours a day covering the roads and major highways and back roads,” Oliver said.
“Adhere to the rules and don’t drink and drive.”