Canada Day marks the first long weekend of summer and the province and RCMP are urging Nova Scotians to drive safely and plan ahead by arranging for a designated driver if you are celebrating. “Warmer weather means more and more people are getting out and enjoying outdoor activities on our highways, beaches, trails and in our provincial parks,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have tragic consequences for you and other road users. The long weekend is a time to gather with friends and family. “This means planning to get home safely. Be sure to slow down and buckle up so you get to your destination.” Police will be out in full force patrolling highways and drivers can expect to see checkpoints. “Everyone has a role to play in keeping roads safe,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff West, acting officer in charge of Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services. “With more traffic expected this weekend, it is especially important for drivers to focus on the road ahead so they can quickly respond to unexpected hazards. “It is also critical to drive sober. Our officers will be ready to conduct sobriety testing for drugs and alcohol at checkpoints.” The province works with road safety partners, including the RCMP, Nova Scotia Road Builders Association and Safety Services Nova Scotia, to raise awareness and education about road safety. For more information on road safety, go to, http://novascotia.ca/tran/roadsafety/roadsafety.asp .