Traffic safety patrols conducted on Heritage Day long weekend

Leduc County peace officers issue 24 charges, 16 warnings

While communities across Leduc County celebrated Alberta's heritage this weekend, Leduc County peace officers conducted proactive patrols to keep residents and visitors safe.

Over the four-day period from August 3 to August 6, peace officers travelled a total of 1,950 kilometres and issued 24 charges and 16 warnings for speeding, liquor violations, improper passing, failing to stop at stop signs, and other infractions.

As Leduc County residents and visitors celebrated the Heritage Day long weekend, our experienced and dedicated peace officers continued to patrol roadways in the area to ensure that motorists could get where they were going safely.

Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services

A 23-year-old male motorist from the City of Leduc was charged with speeding at more than 40 kilometres per hour above the posted speed limit after travelling at 135-kilometres-per-hour in a 90-kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 623 near Highway 814. The individual was fined $414.

In addition, a 65-year-old motorist from Beaumont fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the centre line on Airport Road, nearly colliding head-on with a Leduc County peace officer.  The driver was safely stopped and fined $233.

As part of its proactive operations, Leduc County peace officers also participated in an impaired boating public awareness event hosted by Parkland County and organized by Alberta Transportation's Office of Traffic Safety. The event gave members of the public an opportunity to try their hand at operating remote-control boats in the water while wearing Fatal Vision goggles that simulate impaired vision. 

In 2017, peace officers issued 50 charges and 18 warnings over the same four-day period.