Though summer activities have been a bit different this year given the ongoing pandemic, there are still a lot of drivers on Alberta roadways, many of whom are newly-licenced. Whether they hold a learner’s licence or recently received their Class 5 – GDL, new drivers have limited experience behind the wheel of a vehicle and are still becoming familiar with the rules of the road.
“During the summer season, we experience an increase of vehicle traffic. In August of last year, there were 19 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle collisions across Alberta,” explains Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “This is why it is important that all motorists – new and experienced – do their part to keep our roads safe this summer.”
According to Alberta Transportation, one in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
To promote road safety, Alberta RCMP encourages new motorists to remember the following when buckling up:
- · Obey all traffic and speed signs.
- · Share the road responsibly, and provide extra space for motorcyclists and cyclists.
- · Practice proactive driving to anticipate hazards and reduce or avoid dangers (SafeRoads 2020).
- · Never drive impaired or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Abide by the zero-tolerance law.
Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs, asks experienced motorists to be mindful of vehicles marked as new drivers. “Maintain a safe following distance on busy roads and highways, allow for extra space when passing, and be patient – give new drivers extra time at controlled or uncontrolled intersections,” says Gardner. “Whether it’s your first time in the driver’s seat or not, road safety is the responsibility of all Albertans.”
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