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Busy long weekend for Integrated Traffic Unit with 479 charges

Traffic cops in Wood Buffalo were kept very busy in Wood Buffalo over the Heritage Day long weekend. The Integrated Traffic Unit laid 479 charges over the three day period.

“A 25-year-old driver in a sports car was stopped 15 km north of Fort McMurray for traveling at 205 km/h in a posted 60 zone,” stated the Wood Buffalo RCMP in a press release. The driver was given a mandatory court appearance and was reportedly fined thousands of dollars.

Two men racing on their motorcycles were clocked doing 195 kilometres per hour in a 110 kilometre per hour zone, they were both charged with racing and speeding.

A pair of impaired drivers were stopped and arrested, while 19 other people were issued roadside suspensions for drug or alcohol use.

Ten people were ticketed for being on their cell phone while driving.

Meanwhile, across Alberta over the long weekend there were 264 collisions reported to the RCMP, including 45 that resulted in injuries.

That total is down from 2014 when the August long weekend saw 304 collisions but only 43 with injuries.

Three people were killed on Alberta roads during the long weekend in both 2014 and 2015.

One of the fatal collisions in 2015 involved a motorcycle while two were on rural roads and one took place on a highway.

Five arrests were made in connection with the 45 collisions resulting in injuries.