Teen ticketed after hit-and-run, flight from officers, say Edmonton police

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Hundreds of traffic tickets were issued during the most recent blitz by Edmonton police, including a mittful for a teen driver who allegedly caused a collision while a vehicle fled from officers travelling at twice the speed limit.

At 10:10 p.m. last Thursday, officers watching for vehicles speeding on Gateway Boulevard northbound near 51 Avenue, where a 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo was recorded going 120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.

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When they tried to pull over the Hyundai, it turned east on 63 Avenue and fled the area at a high rate of speed. It then drove through the intersection at 99 Street before getting involved in a minor hit-and-run collision with another vehicle.

Officers were able to locate a 17-year-old believed to be the driver in Beaumont later that evening. Police notified the teenager’s parents and issued several tickets.

In all, 1,360 traffic violations were recorded by officers and automated systems during the most recent regular enforcement campaign Operation 24 Hours, which was held Oct. 12.

According to the Edmonton Police Service, 1,166 of the tickets were related to speed.

Among the 194 other issued tickets, there were 78 red light violations, 78 non-hazardous violations for equipment, documents, etc., 22 hazardous violations, 14 distracting driving violations and two Criminal Code driving offences, such as impaired driving and drive while disqualified.

The only other interaction EPS singled out in a news release issued Monday took place at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 12 when officers spotted a charcoal-coloured Ram pickup travelling at 107 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone while they were conducting laser speed enforcement on Yellowhead Traill eastbound at 82 Street.

The male driver was served with a mandatory court summons, police said.

The Edmonton Police Service and the City of Edmonton coordinate regular enforcement campaigns throughout the year.

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