Stettler RCMP launch Operation Ten-4

Tired of people speeding or driving dangerously in your neighbourhood?

Tired of people speeding or driving dangerously in your neighbourhood?

The Stettler RCMP want to know as part of Operation Ten-4.

The new traffic enforcement operation is part of a strategy to tackle the ongoing problem of impaired, speeding and dangerous drivers in the local community, but according to detachment commander Sgt. Duncan Babchuk, citizen complaints are only useful if police act on them – and that’s the point of Operation Ten-4.

The project is a collaboration between the county, town and police. A special email account has been set up to receive these complaints. After receiving them, police will create a plan to deal with them, then announce the operation – leaving the original complainant anonymous.

This week, police are addressing Operation Ten-4 2014-04, stemming from an Aug. 14 complaint.

The ongoing concern from Stettler residents involves people driving at excessive speeds and failing to yield to traffic along 46 Street, 50A, 51 and 52 avenues, and Tower Road. According to Babchuk, the issues are present all day, but especially between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To address this issue, Babchuk said that for the next two weeks, RCMP will be focusing traffic enforcement in the area by increasing patrols. Police will be issuing verbal warnings, written warnings, issuing tickets and conducting vehicle inspections.

Some of the offences police are after in specific are speeding, stunting, careless driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

If you have a complaint for Operation Ten-4, email Babchuk said it’s important to have all the necessary details – include what, where, and when.