On Wednesday, August 24th, the EPS had their monthly Operation 24 Hours.
EDMONTON — Mid-last week, the Edmonton Police Service held their monthly Operation 24 Hours Big Ticket Event and handed out a record number of tickets to Edmonton’s drivers. This happens every month folks, and it’s getting worse and worse as each month passes.
During August’s event, the EPS handed out 3,583 violation tickets in just 24 short hours. That’s the equivalent of nearly 150 tickets per hour.
3,213 of those tickets were issued to speeders. Another 301 were Traffic Safety Act offenders for things such as seatbelt infractions. 44 of the tickets were red light violations, with the final 25 tickets issued for charges due to Criminal Code offences.
Some big offenders caught:
One man who was stopped in west Edmonton by the Edmonton Police ended up being an excellent capture. This man had a stolen license plate on the vehicle he was driving. When pulled over, he provided the EPS with a false name. After further investigation, EPS concluded that he was wanted with 41 warrants for his arrest. This man was found with multiple identity documents on his person. He was later arrested and handed over 20 new charges.
Additionally, one driver was pulled over for going 56km/hr over the posted speed limit, and another person was charged for going 54km/hr over the posted speed limit. They are both required to attend court under compulsory summons.
Let’s make some comparisons:
In comparison to August of last year, those driving on Edmonton’s roads this month were handed over 1,000 additional tickets. In August of 2015, 2,534 tickets were issued during the EPS’ Big Ticket Event.
Furthermore – for comparison purposes, just last month, the EPS issued 3,449 tickets during their Operations 24 Hours. That’s an additional 134 tickets issued this month.
In April’s Big Ticket Event, EPS issued 2,940 tickets. That’s 643 tickets less than this month.
Looks like we’ve got to slow it down out there.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.