December was a difficult month on Alberta roads: RCMP

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CALGARY- Blowing snow and ice made for a nerve-wracking commute for drivers across southern Alberta on Monday.

The city of Calgary responded to over a hundred collisions – and almost two dozen injuries.


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It caps off a particularly devastating month on Alberta roads. 32 people lost their lives this month.

Tristan, 7, and his brother Linus, 3 were killed when a car collided head-on with their SUV a week ago near Rimbey.

Their funeral will be held on Saturday.

The driver of the car also died.

Earlier this month Eli Gosselin and his friend Carter Corrigan were killed in a rollover near High River.

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Gosselin was laid to rest Monday in Okotoks, a celebration of life was held for his friend on Sunday in High River.

“Everybody loved him. I talked to a lot of friends over the last few days and coaches, people he worked with, they said that you could never find anybody that didn’t like him,” Gosselin’s father said of his son.

RCMP said they work hard to reduce fatalities on Alberta highways and that December has been a particularly challenging month for them.

“One is too many, but 32 is very tragic. It’s a very hard time of year,” said Cpl. Darrin Turnbull.

He said it’s up to Albertans to make sure they drive to the conditions.

“We see people who are driving in bad or poor weather conditions and they are busy on their phones and not even paying attention and they don’t realize what’s happening ahead of them,” he said.

 “Slowdown, stay sober, put your seatbelt on and watch over each other.”

Impaired driving and distracted driving is also a major concern for the RCMP.  Last year there were at least 100 fatalities due to impaired driving, but Mounties say deaths due to distracted driving are harder to tally.



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