The RCMP is reminding motorists to continue to practice safe driving not just this Canada Day weekend but all summer long.

They released some tips for motorists this weekend:

-Never get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

-Arrange a sober ride to and from your destinations if you are planning on consuming drugs or alcohol.

-Do not operate off-highway or recreational vehicles while impaired. It is illegal and dangerous.

-Stand up against impaired driving and encourage others to practice smart driving behaviours.

According to Insp. Chris Romanchych, in July alone last year the RCMP removed 638 impaired drivers from the road. Out of the 30 fatal collisions in July 2021, eight were caused by impaired driving.

“Despite the known dangers and consequences, people continue to get behind the wheel while impaired. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never safe — however, it is always preventable. This summer, we are urging Albertans to think twice before driving impaired. Plan ahead and practice safe sober driving.” says Romanchych