Traffic safety the focus for May long weekend operations

Leduc County peace officers kicked off the summer season with a series of proactive enforcement operations over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Over the four-day period from May 19 to May 22, peace officers travelled 5,580 kilometres and issued a total of 97 charges and 34 warnings for speeding, seat belt infractions and intersection safety violations.

"Our dedicated peace officers charged 63 drivers with speeding and, while we are disappointed these offences continue to occur, we are confident that these charges will act as a deterrent for these and other motorists in the future," says Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services.

A number of excessive speeders were charged, including a 35-year-old Edmonton motorist travelling 115 kilometres per hour in a 50-kilometre-per-hour zone on Range Road 253 near Township Road 511. Four additional motorists were charged with speeding at more than 40 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit.

Motorists are reminded that road bans remain in effect, after a driver of an overloaded tandem truck was fined $3,049 for travelling on a banned road at Township Road 510 near Range Road 235.

In 2016, peace offices issued 81 charges and 41 warnings over the same four-day period.