This past Thanksgiving long weekend, police forces across Canada led #OperationImpact2020, an initiative organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to encourage safe driving behaviours.
Between Oct. 9-12, there were five fatalities and 305 motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions.
Alberta RCMP members patrolled provincial roads and highways, issuing a total of 2,870 traffic safety tickets including 1,914 speeding charges, 27 excessive speeding charges (more than 50 km/h over the posted limit), 83 driving without a seatbelt charges, 96 impaired driving charges, and 71 distracted driving charges.
Thanks to the help of Albertans, the RCMP received 104 calls from the public notifying them of dangerous or suspected impaired drivers on our roadways. Fifteen of these reports were confirmed to be impaired drivers and resulted in charges being laid.