Alberta Mounties hand out nearly 2,600 traffic tickets in long weekend crackdown

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Alberta motorists were issued nearly 2,600 tickets by RCMP on a Labour Day long weekend that saw three people die on the province’s highways.

From Sept. 4 through 7, Mounties say those fatalities occurred as a result of 178 collisions, an accident number that fell from the 226 mishaps recorded over the 2019 Labour Day long weekend.

Of the 2,592 traffic tickets handed out last weekend, 1,916 were for speeding while 99 were impaired driving charges were laid.

Another 46 motorists were tagged for distracted driving.

“As always, Alberta RCMP remained dedicated to promoting traffic safety throughout the holiday weekend, doing their best to ensure our provincial roads were safe and secure for all motorists,” said Const. Michael Hibbs of the RCMP’s Capital West Integrated Traffic Unit.

Hibbs noted his colleagues were also kept busy helping out with a wildfire burning on Allstone Mountain in David Thompson Country northwest of Calgary.

“RCMP and Clearwater County Peace Officers helped to conduct traffic control, allowing helicopters to land on the highway to pick up fire personnel and resources,” he said.

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