Canada Day long weekend a busy one for law enforcement

By Staff

Edmonton – The Canada Day extended long weekend was a busy period for the province’s integrated traffic services. Between June 30 and July 4, Alberta’s RCMP and sheriffs issued 3,401 traffic-related charges across the province.

The five-day period halted 2,574 speeders, the lion’s share of traffic infractions issued. Additionally, 101 seatbelt and child restraint tickets were issued and another 50 drivers were cited for various intersection infractions. Law enforcement also issued 15 impaired driving charges, as well as an additional two dozen 24-hour suspensions.

Holidays and long weekends statistically carry an increased likelihood of deadly highway conditions. Between 2004 and 2008, 27 people were killed in traffic fatalities on Canada Day or the weekend near to it.

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