Leduc County officers remain vigilante as long weekend traffic violations increase

The number of violations given out by Leduc County over the long weekend has almost doubled compared to 2014.

The number of violations given out by Leduc County enforcement services over the September long weekend has almost doubled compared to 2014.

However, Clarence Nelson, director of enforcement services, says the statistics are not wholly indicative of people’s driving but rather a result of the increased traffic traveling in the county.

Between Sept. 4 and 7 officers handed out a total of 91 charges and 49 warnings, up form 2014’s 56 charges and 33 warnings.

“I wouldn’t say it’s because people are lax or doing it maliciously. It’s just a reflection of increased volumes and more cars on the road,” said Nelson.

A press statement released by Leduc County reveals officers traveled approximately 3,712 kilometers over the four-day period.

Violations covered a variety of offenses, including intersection safety and speeding. One excessive motorist was observed traveling 150 km/h  in a 60 km/h zone in the Nisku Business Park at 4:20 p.m., Sept. 4.

The weekend was not all bad as officers and citizens also worked together to rescue a great horned owl injured on a highway.

“Most people are doing a good job of following the laws and preparing for the long weekend,” said Nelson.

“There was a slight increase in charges laid this year over the September long weekend, after the recent August long weekend that saw a decrease over the previous year,” Nelson said in the statement.

“Road safety is one of our top concerns and something we will continue to enforce to ensure that our roads and those using them are safe.”

 

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