Drive safe this holiday weekend to prevent serious or fatal crashes

As part of Operation Impact, a national traffic safety initiative, the RCMP in New Brunswick will be on the roadways to reduce serious and fatal collisions.

The Thanksgiving Day weekend brings an increase in traffic on New Brunswick highways as people travel to spend time with loved ones and many university and college students take advantage of heading home for their first long weekend of the school year.

Impaired driving, aggressive driving/speeding, failing to wear seatbelts and distracted driving are the top contributing factors to crashes.

"Drivers have the ability to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision by making decisions not to drive while impaired, reduce their speed, put mobile devices away when behind the wheel and always buckling up," said Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, New Brunswick RCMP. "It's the choices being made by drivers that can prevent serious and fatal crashes on our highways."

The RCMP will be conducting checkstops along the major highways in New Brunswick but also along the secondary roads. Officers will also set up at various locations with speed radar to make sure drivers obey the posted speed limit.

The goal of Operation Impact and Canada's Road Safety Strategy is to make Canada's roads the safest in the world.