The August long weekend proved to be a stable affair for law enforcement officers in the city of Swift Current.
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Police responded to a total of 76 calls within the city and handed out 13 tickets for traffic violations. Only one ticket was handed out for impaired driving during the weekend.
“It wasn’t extremely busy, but it was steady,” said Sgt. Greg Heuer with the Swift Current RCMP.
Heuer said there are also four hit-and-runs from the weekend still under investigation. All calls, tickets and incidents occurred between the night of Friday, August 1 and Monday, August 4.
As for the rural areas, the new traffic laws brought in earlier this year got a workout. The Southwest Regional Traffic Service (SRTS) impounded several vehicles for speeding as part of new provincial guidelines that came into effect on June 27. The new laws penalized drivers for going more than 50 km/hr over the speed limit.
“People just have their destination in mind and they basically put the pedal to the metal and hope they don’t get caught, I guess,” said Cpl. Mike Bacque with the SRTS. “You could see that people weren’t all that friendly getting pulled over, we’ll put it that way.”
Bacque said the speeds in some cases were “quite ridiculous,” but overall he’s happy with how the weekend turned out.
“If there are no fatalities and it’s just speeding tickets and impounded vehicles, then it’s a good weekend,” he said. “We get upset when we here that there are fatalities as well. We feel responsible that these things occur."