Charges down this Heritage Day long weekend

Over the four-day period from Aug. 2 to 5, Leduc County peace officers travelled 1,955 kilometres and issued a total of 21 charges and 16 warnings for speeding, stop sign violations and others.

Over the same four-day period in 2018, a total of 24 charges and 24 warnings were issued. This was down from 2017, when 50 charges and 18 warnings were issued for the same time period.

This decrease in charges and warnings demonstrates to us that the public is getting the message that following the rules of the road saves lives. Our dedicated peace officers appreciate the public's cooperation in keeping our roads safe for all.

Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services

In addition to patrolling local roadways, Leduc County peace officers conducted proactive boat patrols on Wizard Lake, inspecting 13 boats; no violations were found.

Proactive patrols are an important part of enhancing traffic safety in Leduc County. While these patrols sometimes result in fines or warnings for motorists, these patrols also provide an opportunity for peace officers to maintain a presence in the community and educate the public about traffic safety.

Excessive speeders charged

A motorcyclist was charged after speeding 65 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit on Friday afternoon. The adult male driver from Moose Jaw, Sask. was caught speeding 115 kilometres per hour in a 50 kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 626 through Rollyview just after 3 p.m.

Two additional motorists were charged with speeding more than 40 kilometres per hour over the speed limit; one driver was travelling 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit on Range Road 263 near Township Road 492 and another was travelling 41 kilometres per hour over the speed limit on Highway 770 near Highway 622.