Police briefs

Police focusing on speeding this month

RCMP are reminding motorists April has been designated as speeding month under the province’s Traffic Safety Plan. Each month the province’s RCMP members, Sheriffs and other trasffic enforcement partners focus on a different aspect of public safety.

Morinville RCMP members and the Town’s Community Peace Officers will be stepping up their efforts to reduce the harm caused by motorists disobeying speed limits with the ultimate goal of the April campaign to increase the number of people obeying the speed limit.

Police say research and fatal collision investigations throughout the province have shown 30 per cent of fatal crashes involve driving at speeds unsafe for the prevailing road conditions. RCMP contends the faster a driver goes, the longer it takes them to stop; the faster they drive the harder they hit. The RCMP say their evidence shows driving too fast does not allow drivers enough time to react to traffic signals such as red lights or stop signs, or other potential hazards that may be present, like children darting into traffic.

Morinville resident charged with dangerous driving

Leduc Integrated Traffic Services clocked a 2010 black Chevrolet Camaro travelling at 215 kilometres per hour early Friday morning on southbound Highway II.

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The vehicle was stopped and Jeremy Hartson, a 34-year-old Morinville resident, was arrested without incident. Hartson was charged with dangerous driving and released on a promise to appear. He is set to appear in Leduc Provincial Court May 3.

Theft at Legal Motors

Sometime between Mar. 14 and 15 unknown individual(s) entered Legal Motors Ltd. compound and stole a tailgate off of a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn dually. The value of the tailgate is approximately $3,400. The tailgate has a Network Theft ID decal on the side.

Morinville RCMP are asking the public for assistance in solving this crime. If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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