Jan 17, 2016 - TRAFFIC FATALITIES DOWN ON PROVINCIAL ROADS

Marianne Ryan, commanding officer RCMP 'K' Division, speaks about her sister who was lost to a drunk driver, during MADD Edmonton's launch of the annual Red Ribbon Campaign at City Hall in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday November 6, 2015. The organization encourages drivers to tie a red ribbon to their vehicle to show their commitment to drive safe and sober and to show their respect for those injured and killed by impaired driver

In a challenging year for RCMP in Alberta, traffic stands out as a positive.

The number of fatalities, injury collisions and impaired drivers were all down in 2015 from 2014, something K-Division Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan chalks up to increased enforcement.

"I think it will always be the number one for us because it takes so many lives every year, but interestingly enough, this past year, we actually saw a decrease in the total number of fatalities, the number of people killed on the highways," Ryan said.

In 2014, 279 people died in collisions on the provincial roads, but the number dropped to 236 in 2015.

"One fatality is too many, but the decrease is good to see," she said.

She credits campaigns like those discouraging impaired driving with the reduction.

Now, those same efforts will be turned towards dangerous operation of a motor vehicle - one category of traffic enforcement that saw growth.

Ryan says Mounties across the province have been dealing with excessive speeders.

The provincial numbers stand in contrast to city statistics.

With 35 traffic fatalities in Edmonton - greater than the 30 homicides - Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht announced on Jan. 8 that he would re-assign Specialized Traffic Apprehension Teams to deal with bad drivers. Three of the four teams will focus on Yellowhead Trail, Anthony Henday Drive, Whitemud Drive and Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard, while the fourth will focus on divisional enforcement.

"We know traffic is a problem in this city, we know we have poor drivers in this city and we've got to take action," said Knecht said at a press conference earlier this month. "We've got to change the culture of entitlement."

Source: Edmonton Sun


 

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