Traffic charges up from 2015 Labor Day weekend

Leduc County peace officers may have seen fewer travellers over the Labour Day long weekend due to weather conditions...

Leduc County peace officers may have seen fewer travellers over the Labour Day long weekend due to weather conditions but issued an increased number of charges from 2015.

This year officers travelled 3,142 kilometers during the four-day period, issuing a total of 137 charges and 23 warnings. Last year saw 91 charges and 49 warnings.

“Part of that reason is we partnered with our regional partner Leduc RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit on Highway 2,” said Clarence Nelson, director of enforcement services in an interview with the Pipestone Flyer. He explained this is where most of the increase came from.

The two units combined forces to focus on speeding violations and other infractions.

While Nelson says there were no major specific hotspots for excessive speeders and other traffic safety violators one driver was found travelling 142 kilometers in a 100-zone near Secondary Highway 770 and Township Road 502.

“Overall it was generalized,” said Nelson.

The first summer season of the Nisku Spine Road meant an increase of ridership and an increase in traffic violations. “We’re finding ourselves detecting traffic offenses there too,” said Nelson.

A Leduc County media release states county peace officers put a focus on traffic safety during the long weekend. “Speeding jeopardizes the safety of individuals travelling on our roadways and a failure to follow posted speed limits will result in fines,” Nelson said in the release.