This Canada Day long weekend, from June 28 to July 1, your Alberta RCMP removed a total of 101 impaired drivers from our provincial roadways.

Of the 101 impaired motorists, 79 drivers received Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) FAILs and 22 received IRS WARNs. As well, 1,679 traffic safety violation tickets were issued with 780 motorists being written up for exceeding the speed limit, 31 for distracted driving, and another 34 for the improper use of vehicle safety restraints. 

“Sadly, there were seven fatalities due to road-related incidents over the long weekend. These are individuals who would have been back home on Tuesday. They are our family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbours. It’s devastating,” says Sgt. Darrin Turnbull, Alberta RCMP Traffic. “While our officers work to uphold traffic safety, Albertans also have a role to play in helping ensure everyone makes it home safely.”

From July 1-2, members of Alberta RCMP Traffic also conducted an enforcement initiative on Highway 1 in Banff and Lake Louise detachment areas. Enforcement efforts focussed on general road safety, as well as targeted speeding in light of recent incidents of wildlife being struck by motorists in our National Parks.

A total of 178 tickets were issued, including 144 for speeding and 11 for speeding 50 km/h over the posted limit. The total tickets issued resulted in $42,551 in fines and numerous drivers facing mandatory court charges.