Mounties are disappointed to see a jump in the number of suspected impaired drivers removed from Alberta highways over the Victoria Day long weekend compared to past years.

According to figures from the integrated traffic unit, between Friday and Monday, RCMP officers and Alberta Sheriffs removed 56 drivers who had allegedly been drinking, up from 35 last year and 50 in 2013.

“It’s awesome we caught them, but it sucks that they’re still out there,” said Sgt. Darrin Turnbull. “We were hoping to see that number come down again.”

In one case, police pulled over a golf cart driver near the Village of Boyle in northern Alberta and issued a three-day licence suspension for driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Officers also issued 4,369 speeding tickets — 1,009 were issued by Banff officers alone — up from 3,960 last year, and 4,049 the previous year. One driver was caught going 30 km/h over the posted speed limit twice in one day, first in Airdrie and later near Strathmore.

Thirty-nine people were charged with distracted driving, down from 60 last year, and 68 in 2013.

And 160 people were charged with failing to use seatbelts or child safety belts, down from 167 last year and 240 the previous year.

Police are investigating at least one crash involving serious injury and death. A woman died Monday following a Friday collision near Gibbons. There were four fatal crashes in Alberta last Victoria Day weekend.

Meanwhile in Calgary, police were busy writing tickets but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, other than a serious crash early Tuesday morning after the end of the long weekend.

A woman was taken to hospital after her truck crashed into a light standardat McKnight Boulevard and Barlow Trail N.E. It happened at 12:30 a.m.

Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey said officers with the traffic section issued about 700 tickets, mostly for speeding, but also for distracted driving, failing to signal lane changes, and failing to stop for red lights and stop signs.

Source: Calgary Herald


Last updated on: 2015-06-01 | Link to this post