Grassland, Alberta – On January 23, 2020 the Boyle RCMP/Sheriffs Integrated Traffic Unit conducted traffic enforcement in the school zone in Grassland, Alberta.
Officers were surprised to see the high amount of violators observed travelling on Highway 63 through the school zone. Between 9:30am and 4:30pm a total of 27 charges were laid. The majority of these offences were for distracted driving. More specifically, for driving while using a cellphone. In total 18 cellphone tickets were laid, which carry a $287 fine and 3 demerits. The remainder of the charges were related to seatbelt violations.
Sheriff Matthew BUTCHER states, ” It was alarming to see how many people were driving through this school zone while distracted. Distracted driving is dangerous no matter where it occurs, but the risk increases significantly when you add a school zone and pedestrians to the mix.”
Enforcement Officers would like to remind motorists to continue to drive with caution, undistracted and diligent to the changing road conditions we see during Alberta’s winter.
February is the Alberta Traffic Safety Plan’s month to increase focus on distracted drivers. Expect to see officers increasing effort in looking for these high-risk driver’s in the near future.
Boyle RCMP/Sheriffs Integrated Traffic Unit
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