RCMP crack down on road safety during long weekend
Whitehorse and Yellowknife RCMP send out extra officers for beginning of summer season
RCMP units across the north are using the Victoria Day long weekend as a time to remind northerners about road safety.
It's part of a plan from RCMP across the country to make Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2015.
Cpl. Shawn Pollard, who heads the traffic unit in Yukon, said police in the territory will be targeting the use of electronic devices like cellphones.
"People are still texting," he said. "It's very obvious to watch them when they're doing that and driving. So again, we really need to focus on that."
Pollard said the RCMP is also watching out for impaired and aggressive drivers, as well as people not wearing seatbelts.
Cpl. Barry Ledoux, media liaison with the RCMP in Yellowknife, said police will be looking for similar safety concerns in the N.W.T.
"We ask people to use extreme caution, both when you're walking or when you're cycling; for youth to wear helmets; for people when driving, leave the drink until you get to your campsite," Ledoux said.
"Obey all traffic laws. We are going to be having our officers both out on highways and […] in city doing enforcement."
Ledoux said the RCMP plans to have more officers on the streets this summer — both on foot and on bicycles — as requested by Yellowknifers.