More than 3,000 drivers nabbed in weekend blitz

By Staff

Edmonton – The May long weekend proved to be an expensive one for many motorists. Alberta RCMP and sheriff integrated units cracked down on 3,263 unsafe drivers over the weekend, a weekend that coincided with National Road Safety Week.

As is the case in most long weekend blitzes, the May 20 to 23 weekend saw the majority of infractions handed out for speeding. In total police issued 2,355 speeding violations, 72 per cent of the total charges.

Drinking and driving was an issue over the weekend commonly referred to as the May 2-4 weekend. Police laid 130 impaired driving charges in the province as well as another 62 24-hour suspensions for alcohol of drug use. Additionally, 56 other alcohol-related violations were issued.

Additional charges handed out over the long weekend included 36 hazardous driving violations, including careless driving and stunting, 48 stop sign violations, 138 seatbelt infractions and 26 child restraint infractions.

An additional 412 non-hazardous violations were charges, including driving without insurance and driving with a suspended licence.

RCMP and Alberta Sherrifs have been focusing their monthly message on young drivers during the month of May as motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among the province’s youth.

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