Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service is reminding drivers to slow down on Groat Road after issuing more than 450 speeding violations since mid-June.
A response to police and community concerns regarding speeding and careless driving in the area, officers with the EPS West Division Traffic Team have been conducting targeted enforcement in the Groat Road area throughout the summer. Marked as a 50 km/h speed zone from River Valley Road to 104 Avenue, and a 60 km/h zone thereafter, the winding pattern of Groat Road is attractive for drivers looking to test the limits of their vehicles.
Since targeted speed enforcement began on June 15, 2017, 465 drivers have been caught travelling over the posted speed limit on Groat Road. Forty-three of these drivers were captured travelling 50 km/h or more over the posted limit and were subsequently issued a mandatory court summons.
“Unfortunately, these numbers represent only a fraction of the speeders that we see but are unable to intercept,” says Const. Bryce Healey with the West Division Traffic Team. “We have caught several drivers more than once during this enforcement period, sometimes within 24-hours.”
Last month, officers observed multiple dangerous speeding and careless driving incidents on Groat Road:
On Aug. 6, 2017 at approximately 9 p.m. a blue and white 2014 BMW HP4 motorcycle was observed travelling 112 km/h in the posted 60 km/h speed zone. Within the next ten minutes, the same motorcycle was captured speeding twice more at a 111 km/h and a 123 km/h and was also observed dangerously weaving in and out of traffic, nearly missing a bus. Officers conducted a traffic stop and the 29-year-old male driver was issued three compulsory court summons and a violation for careless driving.
On Aug. 20, 2017 at shortly before 10 p.m. a red 2001 Honda 929 motorcycle was observed travelling 92 km/h in the posted 60 km/h zone. While attempting to conduct a traffic stop, officers observed the motorcycle pass two vehicles on River Valley Road by driving into the oncoming traffic lanes and then accelerating to 166 km/h on the James McDonald Bridge. Once stopped, the 28-year-old male driver was issued a speeding violation, a careless driving violation and a mandatory court summons for speeding.
On Aug. 22, 2017 shortly after 8 p.m. a red 2007 Ducatti was observed repeatedly speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, reaching 98 km/h in the 50 km/h posted speed zone and 94 km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone. Once safely stopped, officers noticed that a 10-year-old child was a passenger on the motorcycle. The 44-year-old male driver was issued two speeding violations and a careless driving violation.
“Groat Road is a busy and winding road and easily becomes dangerous for motorists and pedestrians when drivers speed or drive carelessly,” says Healey. “Slowing down and adhering to the speed limit makes all roadways safer for everyone.”
The EPS encourages citizens with traffic concerns to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.
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