Charges down during Labour Day long weekend traffic patrol

Leduc County peace officers issue 44 charges, 16 warnings

While people across Leduc County celebrated the Labour Day long weekend, Leduc County peace officers were on patrol to keep our residents and visitors safe on the roads.

Over the four-day period from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, peace officers travelled a total of 4,653 kilometres and issued 44 charges and 16 warnings for speeding, intersection safety, liquor, documents and more.

In 2017, peace officers issued 93 charges and 42 warnings over the same four-day period.

We are pleased to see a reduction in the overall number of charges laid over this Labour Day long weekend in comparison to last year. While the numbers are encouraging, our dedicated peace officers will continue to proactively patrol roadways in the area to make sure everyone gets where they are going safely.

Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services

During a traffic stop on Range Road 271, a 14-year-old male dirt bike operator was charged for speeding and failing to stop for a peace officer after he fled from authorities.

In addition to patrolling the roads, peace officers assisted Leduc County Fire Services and RCMP with a vehicle fire on Highway 2 in the southbound lanes near Highway 19 during the afternoon rush hour.  They also conducted a boat check at Wizard Lake, where a motorist was restricted from accessing the water without a required pleasure craft licence and safety equipment.