Traffic safety the focus this Labour Day weekend

Leduc County peace officers remained focused on traffic safety during patrols this Labour Day long weekend.

Over the four-day period from Sept. 2 to 5, Leduc County peace officers travelled 3,142 kilometres and issued a total of 137 charges and 23 warnings for violations such as speeding, distracted driving and intersection safety.

“The weather resulted in fewer motorists on the roads this long weekend; however, some motorists were found to be travelling at excessive speeds,” says Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services. “Speeding jeopardizes the safety of individuals travelling on our roadways and a failure to follow posted speed limits will result in fines.”

Leduc County Enforcement Services and the RCMP integrated traffic unit jointly conducted a traffic operation along Highway 2, which was focused on speed violations and other infractions. This traffic operation resulted in charges for a number of speeders, including two drivers travelling 167 kilometres per hour in a 110-kilomere-per-hour zone.

Another driver was found travelling 142 kilometres per hour in a 100-kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 770 near Township Road 502.

In 2015, peace officers issued 91 charges and 49 warnings over the same four-day period.