Tuesday , 3 August 2021
Close-up of a businesswoman sending a text while driving to work

Roughly 2,200 Alberta motorists dinged with tickets during long weekend

The Alberta RCMP participated in traffic safety initiative “#OperationImpact2020” to encourage safe driving behaviours.

While patrolling provincial roads and highways, officers handed out 2,870 traffic tickets.

Among those fines, 1,914 drivers were caught speeding, 27 drivers were recorded going more than 50 km/h over the posted limit, 83 were driving without a seatbelt, 96 drivers were impaired, and 71 drivers were driving distracted.

Over the long weekend, there were 207 collisions in the province resulting in the deaths of five people.

RCMP say they received 104 calls from concerned Albertans reporting suspected impaired and dangerous drivers.

Fifteen of those calls were confirmed impaired drivers, each of those drivers have been charged.

#OperationImpact2020 is a national initiative organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to enforce the rules of the road to prevent infractions leading the causes of death and injury on Canadian roads.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.