On Friday, May 6, 2016, members of the Black Gold Citizens On Patrol Night Hawks conducted the group’s first ever traffic monitoring event. Planning for this activity began in late 2015, with training provided by the Leduc RCMP in early 2016.
From 1:00PM to 3:00PM, volunteers monitored traffic through the 46 Street construction site, tracking speeds with LASER, and watching for drivers using electronic devices. Overall, 522 vehicle speeds were recorded, 29 of those exceeding the construction speed limit, and 9 motorists using electronic devices.
The Leduc Municipal Integrated Traffic Unit plans to use the data collected by the Night Hawks to help police assess where the areas of concern are within the community, and hope the presence of these traffic monitors will remind motorist to take extra care while driving.