Road enforcement stepped up ahead of typically fatal long weekend


WINNIPEG — Manitoba RCMP are stepping up traffic enforcement ahead of the May long weekend.


More officers will be out on Manitoba highways and back roads after a near record breaking year in road fatalities in 2016.


At this time last year, 30 people had died in 27 collisions. So far this year, 12 people have died in 12 collisions. 


While fatal crashes are down RCMP say speeding remains a concern along with impaired driving.


This year officers will be paying special attention to three locations after receiving feedback from the public through a social media campaign.


The areas are Highway 10 south of Brandon, Highway 52 between La Broquerie and Steinbach, and Provincial Road 207 from Lorette to a Deacons Corner then Highway 1 into Winnipeg.


The complaints involved improper passing, speeding and aggressive driving.


RCMP will also establish a more visible presence on major highways.


Over the past 5 years at least one person has died in collisions on Manitoba highways over the May long weekend.