Edmonton police were out in force over the Canada Day long weekend, cracking down on high-flyer speeders, drunk drivers and collisions.

Along with two serious injury collisions over the weekend, police responded a number of other incidents, including a collision on June 27 involving a pedestrian and flat-deck pickup truck. According to EPS, a 36-year-old pedestrian was “clipped” by the truck’s side mirror.

The following day, Air 1 helicopter helped nab the driver of a Porsche Cayenne for dangerous driving, while EPS responded to a collision involving an impaired driver and stolen vehicle.

On July 1, EPS arrested two separate drivers involved in a head-on crash that ignited two vehicles and one truck for impaired driving and are currently investigating another collision on Terwillegar Drive and Rabbit Hill Road when they believe alcohol was a factor.

Edmonton’s STAT members also cracked down on speeders Tuesday, including a motorcycle clipping along at 55 km/h over the speed limit in a construction zone along Whitemud Drive.

A female driver was also pulled over Tuesday for driving over 129 km/h in a 60-km/h zone.

“Police were out doing speed enforcement, and unfortunately, there was no shortage of motorists violating the speed limit,” said Sgt. Glenn Bangs, EPS Traffic Section Selective Enforcement Team. “Many drivers said they were unaware of their speed or their surroundings, and we saw some excessive speeds as well.

“We’re asking drivers to be more aware behind the wheel – know the speed limit and know the speed that you’re traveling,” he added.

As part of an ongoing effort to target speeding and dangerous driving, EPS handed out 4,174 tickets in June alone.

In 2014, there have been 214 mandatory court tickets issued for excessive speeding and 19,038 speeding tickets issued by officers.

Source: Metro News Edmonton


Last updated on: 2014-07-11 | Link to this post