There’s a new sheriff in town

BOYLE, Alta. — The Alberta government has permanently stepped up enforcement on a dangerous stretch of highway between Edmonton and the Fort McMurray region.

Highways 63 and 881 have seen a large increase in traffic as people travel from the province’s capital city to the oilsands in the northeast. Now there’s an increase of sheriff’s to crack down on aggressive drivers and speeders.

A satellite sheriff’s office opened in Boyle recently, which will be homebase for six sheriffs.

“Alberta’s booming economy has meant more vehicles on our roadways which, in turn, has meant more collisions, more injuries and more deaths.” said Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. “Enhanced enforcement on these busy highways is an essential part of our strategy to improve highway safety.”

The Boyle office is under the direction of the Fort McMurray regional office, and brings the total number of sheriffs patrolling highways in the region to 16. Since the traffic sheriffs were first stationed in Boyle in February, they have issued more than 5,700 traffic violations; removed 37 suspected impaired drivers from the road; attended 17 collisions; and dealt with 25 outstanding arrest warrants.

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