This holiday season, Alberta RCMP conducted enforcement initiatives focused on promoting traffic safety. Between Dec. 24th, 2020 and Jan. 3rd, 2021, RCMP issued a total of 2,374 traffic tickets across the province.
Overall, 872 individuals were ticketed for speeding, 55 motorists were caught distracted driving, and 130 impaired drivers were removed from the roads.
Of the 130 impaired drivers, 16 were Criminal Code Impaired by Alcohol and four were Criminal Code Impaired by Drugs. Another 1,333 motorists received tickets for traffic safety violations including careless driving, driving with a prohibited or suspended license, moving offences, and more.
Notable traffic stops:
· In St. Albert, an impaired male was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle while in traffic. The individual was arrested and had a blood alcohol concentration of 240 mg.
· In Grande Prairie, an impaired male was arrested and had a blood alcohol concentration of 260 mg.
· Near Cochrane, an impaired female crashed into a snow plow and had a blood alcohol concentration of 220 mg.
· Two commercial drivers, while working, were arrested and charged with impaired driving.
· Three impaired drivers were found to have children in their vehicles ranging in age from two to five-years-old.
In total, Alberta RCMP recorded 26 per cent less roadway offences compared to last year.
Thanks to the work of RCMP, Albertans were able to safely celebrate the holidays both on and off the roads. For more traffic safety information, follow us on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.