Canada Road Safety Week follow-up

  • Jun. 1, 2011 7:00 p.m.

During last week’s campaign for Canada Road Safety Week, Central Region Integrated Traffic Services laid a total of 514 charges.

As reported earlier in May, this unit, in conjunction with the support of RCMP detachment members, conducted Checkstops and increased patrols in the areas of Coronation, Stettler, Three Hills, Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House.

The charges laid included:

• 3 impaired driving charges, as well as 4 24-hour suspensions for alcohol and/or drug use

• 25 seatbelt infractions; and 8 child restraint infractions

• 374 speeding charges; which included 2 charges of speeding +50 km/hour over the speed limit, 3 of speeding in a school/playground zone and 1 of speeding past emergency vehicles

• 2 careless driving, 6 stop sign related charges and 1 traffic lane related charge

• 6 Provincial liquor related charges; and

• 104 other non-hazardous violations

It is the mandate of Traffic Services to have Canada’s roadways be the safest in the world. Our message is that by way of increased officer presence on the roadways, increased Checkstops and as a consequence, increased driver awareness – we will achieve that target.

We thank the motoring public for their efforts in driving safely. Remember; buckle up, slow down, don’t drive while distracted, be extra cautious at intersections and NEVER drink and drive.