"Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year was different than all others."
The May long weekend is typically a busy one on Alberta highways and RCMP are kept hopping enforcing the rules of the road.
With people breaking out of their homes to travel after pandemic lockdown measures were eased over the weekend, it was evident that some were a bit too eager to escape.
“Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year was different than all others,” Staff Sgt. Damon Poole of the Alberta RCMP Traffic Services confirmed in a release.
“Between May 15 to 18 there were three fatal and 19 non-fatal injury motor vehicle collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. Alberta RCMP Traffic Services issued over 1,700 speeding tickets and over 50 distracted driving tickets.”
Leadfoots have been reported in Edmonton and on surrounding highways over the last few weeks of spring.
“The RCMP reminds all road users, drivers, riders, passengers and pedestrians alike, that traffic safety is a shared responsibility,” Poole added.
The Alberta RCMP will continue to work with Alberta Sheriffs and other law enforcement and safety partners to ensure Albertans make the right driving and riding decisions.