Cochrane, Alberta – On Sunday February 1st, 2015, at approximately 4pm, two officers from the Cochrane Integrated Traffic Unit were conducting speed enforcement on Highway #1A between the City of Calgary and the Town of Cochrane, near Glendale Road. Traffic was light at the time and the pavement was dry and clear.
The officers heard the sound of “racing motors” and looked up to observe two – 2013 Toyota Scion’s, one blue and one white in color racing towards the officers at extremely high rates of speed.
The officers obtained alleged speed readings on both of the cars of up to 200km/h in the posted maximum 100km/h zone.
A 21 year old male from Calgary, Alberta, was found to be the driver of one of the cars and a 26 year old male from Calgary, Alberta was found to be the driver of the other car. Both males have been charged with speeding contrary to Section 115(2)(p) of the Traffic Safety Act and with Driving / Racing on a Highway, contrary to Section 115(2)(c) of the Traffic Safety Act. Mandatory court appearances have been set for March 27th, 2015 in Cochrane Provincial Court.
“Speeding is one of the top priorities of the Integrated Traffic Units in Alberta and a common factor involved in 26% of serious injury and fatal collisions. This is the second occurrence in the last week of a young males driving at extremely high rates of speed on roadways just outside the City of Calgary. Crashing at that speed, could have been catastrophic. Again, the officers were in the right place at the right time to prevent a tragedy” said Sergeant Darrin TURNBULL of the Southern Alberta Integrated Traffic.
Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.