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Police Notebook: RCMP crack down on speeding, ticket and arrest a number of offenders

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 05:43 pm

The Airdrie Fire Department was called to this grass fire, at about 4:30 p.m. April 10, near Towerlane Mall in Airdrie. The blaze was extinguished by 5:15 p.m. with no damage to nearby structures.
The Airdrie Fire Department was called to this grass fire, at about 4:30 p.m. April 10, near Towerlane Mall in Airdrie. The blaze was extinguished by 5:15 p.m. with no damage to nearby structures.
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On the afternoon of April 3, members of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit conducted a speed enforcement operation on Highway 2 near Airdrie.

Over a two-hour span, officers stopped 17 motorists for speeding. In stopping those vehicles, officers laid the following charges:

• Two impaired driving charges

• Five Criminal Code charges including obstruction and impersonation

• One suspended driver

• One driving without insurance

• One Gaming and Liquor Act

• 10 other Traffic Safety Act charges

• One 30-day vehicle seizure

• Five outstanding warrants were executed

“Our goal is to reduce serious injury and fatal collisions on Alberta highways, and we do this by conducting targeted traffic enforcement,” said Sheriff Jason Graw, with the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit.

“Enforcing traffic laws also leads us to other misbehaving individuals such as impaired drivers, outstanding warrants, stolen property and other similar offences. Removing these people from our roadways is an important aspect of our job, and in fact, it is one of our top priorities.”

“The highest speed recorded during the enforcement operation was 150 km/h in the posted 110 km/h zone,” Graw added. “This driver also had a suspended licence, was allegedly impaired by alcohol, and had a four-year-old child in the vehicle with him. This person had no business driving, and by doing so put a lot of people at risk. Certainly, we are pleased to have apprehended this individual.”

Easter long weekend

From April 6 to April 9, members of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit laid a total of 224 charges on drivers in the Airdrie, Beiseker, and Didsbury Detachment areas.

“Holiday long weekends typically bring heavy traffic volume,” said Sheriff Jason Graw.

“Accordingly, we make sure to have a number of officers out patrolling provincial highways to keep the motorists who choose to obey the law safe from those who do not. We were completely up front about the fact that we would be out enforcing the rules - with a particular focus on speed and aggressive driving, seatbelts, alcohol and intersections - so those motorists that were caught should not be surprised.”

Notable occurrences from around the Airdrie area on the long weekend include:

• A member of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit stopped a black Dodge Journey travelling northbound on Highway 2 just north of Airdrie after it was clocked driving 162 km/h. The 24-year-old male driver from Airdrie had an adult female and two infants in the vehicle with him. The driver was charged with speeding and is scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on May 22.

• A 25-year-old female from Lillooet, B.C. was caught driving 174 km/h on Highway 2 between Airdrie and Calgary. She is scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on May 22.

• A 52-year-old man from Saskatoon, Sask. was stopped for driving at 158 km/h on Highway 9 near Highway 21. He is scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on May 22.

“Long weekend enforcement is one of the top priorities of Alberta’s Integrated Traffic Units,” said Graw.

“Motorists can look forward to seeing a number of officers out patrolling provincial highways on holiday long weekends throughout the rest of the year.”

If you have information on any unsolved crime, call the Airdrie RCMP 403-945-7200 at or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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