Seventeen traffic deaths in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions since May 1st

Police concerned about car crashes with long weekend looming...

  • May. 19, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Edmonton, AB –May has proved to be a deadly month with 17 deaths already due to motor vehicle collisions on roads and highways within RCMP jurisdictions in Alberta. Seven of those who died were under the age of 20. The RCMP has laid four charges in relation to these deaths, with investigations ongoing in others. More than half of these fatal collisions occurred during daylight hours. The RCMP responded to 11 traffic fatalities during the first two weeks of May last year and seven in the same time period in 2014.

“Seventeen murders over a two week period would cause most Albertans to sit up and ask what’s going on,” said Superintendent Ian Lawson, Officer-In-Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “That many deaths should make every driver concerned about safety on the road.”

Two motorcyclists, who were driving responsibly, died after being hit by motorists who failed to notice them. The RCMP is urging all drivers to keep a careful eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

The RCMP is reminding motorists that patience behind the wheel goes a long way in reducing the possibility of a collision. Police expect to see traffic volumes increase significantly on the upcoming long weekend and are reminding motorists to slow down, buckle up and keep their eyes on the road. Driver frustration in the face of slower traffic flow can result in motorists taking unnecessary risks like speeding and unsafe lane changes.

Last year, four people died due to motor vehicle collisions within RCMP jurisdictions in Alberta over the Victoria Day weekend.

 

Just Posted

New Sarepta students host political forum Apr. 10

Political Forum hosted by NSCHS Students

Robbery in Leduc County estimated at $40,000

Leduc RCMP investigate break and enter and theft of firearms

Motorcyclist seriously injured after hit on one-way road in Nisku

Leduc RCMP respond to vehicle versus motorcycle with serious injuries

OPINION: Jason Kenney won by portraying himself as the Guardian of Alberta

How did Kenney do it? He never considered himself an opposition leader and didn’t pretend to be one.

EALT enhanced critical habitat on our lands by planting 263,000 native trees

Celebrating a Decade of Conserving Nature for our Communities

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Calgary’s public school board responds to Syrian child’s suicide after bullying

Amal Alshteiwi, a newcomer to Canada from Syria, took her own life several weeks ago

Child, 11, accidentally shot in the chest at Alberta religious colony

Child taken from Hutterite colony to nearby hospital

Woman in critical condition after motorcycle crash on Edmonton highway

Police say both women were thrown from the bike, and the van continued forward, hitting a Nissan Altima

Ceremonies, vigils planned in Toronto to honour victims of deadly van attack

Many of those who helped that day — first responders and Good Samaritans alike — still affected

New study suggests oilsands greenhouse gas emissions underestimated

New study is the first to use actual field measurements taken from aerial overflights, or top-down measurements

Shoppers Drug Mart launches second online medical pot portal in Alberta

As in Ontario, the Alberta platform touts ‘expert advice and counsel from trusted health-care professionals’

Most Read