May Long Weekend signifies the start of summer for many people which means we can expect to see more vehicles out on local highways this weekend.

To help make sure traffic is moving smoothly, motorists can anticipate an increase in police presence out on roads as well.

Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Sukh Randhawa says motorists need to remember the basic rules of the road.

"The message to the public is slow down and take time when you travel. Give yourself extra time and always leave a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. If you're planning to pass make sure you do it in a safe and legal manor."

Randhawa adds with warmer conditions we can expect to see a higher volume of motorcycles out on roads.

"Be careful of motorcycles as it is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, pay extra attention to them at intersections as well as pedestrians."

Motorists should also remember to use their mirrors and properly shoulder check to look for motorcyclists on the road.

As always, Randhawa is reminding residents not to drink and drive and to report any suspicious activity they see on the roads.

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