Alberta RCMP were promoting traffic safety over the Thanksgiving long weekend, as police forces across Canada led #OperationImpact2020, an initiative organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to encourage safe driving behaviours.
According to data released by RCMP on Tuesday, there were 207 motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions between October 9th and 12th, down from 305 last year.
There were five fatalities associated with the collisions, compared to four in 2019.
RCMP members on patrols issued a total of 2,870 traffic safety tickets including 1,914 speeding charges, 27 excessive speeding charges (doing more than 50 km/hr over the posted limit), 83 driving without seatbelt charges, 96 impaired driving charges, and 71 distracted driving charges.
RCMP received 104 calls from the public notifying them of dangerous or suspected impaired drivers on roadways. Fifteen of these reports were confirmed to be impaired drivers and resulted in charges being laid.