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

County of Wetaskiwin gravel hauling rates getting boost

Councilors vote to increase haul rate from $0.149 to $0.186 per tonne km

Wetaskiwin RCMP inspector ‘not surprised’ with Crime Severity Index

Inspector puts Maclean’s ‘Most Dangerous’ feature into perspective

UPDATED Two dead after head-on collision near Millet

UPDATED Wetaskiwin RCMP investigating, one dies at hospital

Wetaskiwin Chamber luncheon cancelled Nov. 16

Bad weather, icy roads mean benefits talk rescheduled for January

City of Wetaskiwin didn’t apply utility hikes to bills

Clerical financial error discovered by Wetaskiwin city council

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Most Read