Ponoka RCMP won’t be ‘discouraged’ from enforcing traffic laws

Sign warning drivers of ‘speed trap’ won’t stop RCMP from doing their jobs

The Ponoka RCMP detachment is advising it will continue to enforce speed limits and will not be deterred by one resident’s lawn sign warning drivers.

On Saturday, May 30, Ponoka RCMP conducted traffic enforcement on Hwy. 53 east of Ponoka. Over the afternoon, seven speeding tickets were issued along this stretch of roadway.

Although the RCMP has received feedback from citizens suggesting most people would like more traffic enforcement in the area, it seems not everyone feels the same way.

According to detachment commander Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley, someone posted a sign on their driveway near 45 St. warning motorists that a “speed trap” was set up ahead.

“Police will not be discouraged by this as this area is where we get a lot of speeding and driving complaints, and, along with a number of other areas, traffic enforcement will continue to be a focus,” said Smiley.

RCMP briefs

On May 28, 2020 the Ponoka RCMP attended to a single vehicle accident on Hwy. 2, south of Hwy. 53.

A red Chrysler 200 was in the centre median and the vehicle appeared to still be in gear as the front wheel was turning in place.

Upon investigation it was found that the vehicle was unregistered and uninsured and that the driver of the vehicle did not have a valid Alberta driver’s license.

The driver was driving too close to the shoulder of the highway and lost control of the vehicle and entered the median. No injuries were sustained.

The driver, a twenty-year-old male from Edmonton, was charged with driving while uninsured, operating a motor vehicle without a subsisting certificate of registration, operating a motor vehicle without holding a subsisting operator’s license and permitting the improper use of a license plate.

He is to appear in court Aug. 13, 2020. The vehicle was subsequently towed.

If you have information on this, or any other crime, contact The Ponoka RCMP Detachment at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award.

– With a file from Ponoka RCMP

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