Peace officers issue fewer charges this May long weekend

Leduc County peace officers were busy patrolling area roadways and recreational areas over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Over the four-day period from May 20 to 23, Leduc County peace officers traveled 5,995 kilometres and issued a total of 81 charges and 41 warnings for violations such as speeding, seat belt infractions and liquor violations.

“We are pleased to see a decrease in charges and warnings over 2015; however, we are disappointed to see this volume of violations over such a short period of time,” says Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services. “We implore all motorists to follow the rules of the road to ensure the public can get where they are going safely.”

In 2015, peace officers issued 152 charges, 40 warnings and two 24-hour suspensions over the same four-day period.

Leduc County Enforcement Services and the Thorsby RCMP jointly conducted two separate traffic operations throughout the county over the weekend, checking for appropriate documents and driver’s licenses, as well as issuing traffic or liquor violations, where applicable. These operations resulted in roughly 15 tickets being issued.

A number of excessive speeders were charged, including a driver travelling nearly double the 80-kilometre-per-hour speed limit on Range Road 243 near Township Road 511.

Two fatal collisions occurred in Leduc County over the weekend, both of which are being investigated by local RCMP.