Edmonton, Alberta – During the Labour Day long weekend, Alberta RCMP Traffic were out across the province enforcing traffic safety laws. From Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2023, Alberta RCMP issued 2,124 tickets.
Of the tickets issued, 1,124 were for speeding, 41 were for distracted driving, and 46 were for liquor and cannabis offences. Alberta RCMP also issued 50 tickets because people were not following one of the most basic safety precautions: wearing a seat belt.
“In a four-day period, we issued over 2,000 tickets; 2,000 tickets for what should, by this point, be common sense. Everyone knows the risks of speeding. Everyone knows the risk of driving under the influence,” said Insp. Chris Romanchych, Officer in Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “The decisions to break the rules of the road is an extremely selfish one that does not consider how your choices may affect others. Saving a couple of minutes by speeding isn’t worth risking the lives of others. I would hope that people consider the cost of a cab as less than the cost of a life.”
Due to a combination of factors, including excessive speed, impaired driving, and improper use of safety equipment, there were five fatal motor vehicle collisions this past long weekend resulting in six fatalities.
Alberta RCMP reminds all Albertans that traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility. Plan ahead to ensure you have enough time to make it to your destination safely. Don’t get behind the wheel if you are planning to use drugs and alcohol. And stay off the roads if highway conditions aren’t optimal for you to travel.
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