Safety at forefront of May long weekend traffic operations

Leduc County peace officers ushered in the summer season with a number of proactive enforcement operations over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Over the four-day period from May 19 to May 22, peace officers travelled 4,728 kilometres and issued a total of 55 charges and 31 warnings for speeding, distracted driving, intersection safety and gaming and liquor violations.

This past weekend our experienced and dedicated peace officers charged 39 drivers with speeding. Although we are disappointed that motorists continue to drive in excess of posted speed limits, we are encouraged by the decline in the number of charges laid in comparison to last year. We are confident that these charges will act as a deterrent for these and other motorists in the future. 

Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services

Three excessive speeders were charged, including a 37-year-old Edmonton motorist travelling 144 kilometres per hour in a 90-kilometre-per-hour zone on Range Road 263 near Township Road 492. Two additional motorists were charged with speeding at more than 40 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit.

Other infractions included a 47-year-old male from Calmar who was charged with stunting after laying a patch of rubber on Highway 795 near Township Road 480.

In addition to patrolling the roads, Leduc County peace officers also conducted a boat patrol on Wizard Lake on Victoria Day, which resulted in an equipment violation. Boaters are reminded to always ensure that they have their Pleasure Craft Operator's Card available when enjoying the water and, at minimum, one personal flotation device (PFD) per person on board. 

In 2017, peace officers issued 97 charges and 34 warnings over the same four-day period.