Nearly 1,800 speeding violations were handed out on March 26 in Edmonton. In addition to those 1,800, another 550 tickets were issued for other traffic violations, such as seat belt and distracted driving infractions. Of course, these numbers far exceed daily averages. So what’s the reason for this massive spike in violations? It’s called the Big Ticket Event.
What is the Big Ticket Event in Edmonton, you ask? Despite the light-hearted nature of its name, the Big Ticket Event doesn’t offer concert or sporting event tickets. The Big Ticket Event is one of a few instances per year where local police operate a 24-hour blitz, aggressively monitoring the roads and issuing tickets for dangerous driving habits. While it might sound frustrating for some drivers, the Big Ticket Event in Edmonton is designed to curb dangerous driving habits.
The most recent Big Ticket Event began at 7 a.m. on March 26, and although the number of issued tickets might sound striking, it’s actually down from the most last event in October, where nearly 2,400 traffic tickets were given.
The Big Ticket Event is nothing new for Edmonton drivers. In fact, these 24-hour traffic violation blitzes have been occurring for nearly 10 years. While speeding is the most frequently ticketed infraction, police are also on the lookout for dangerous distracted driving practices, which are equally, if not more, risky than exceeding the speed limit.
Although Big Ticket Events in Edmonton last just 24 hours, they serve as constant reminders that dangerous driving is not tolerated by Edmonton police and that violators will be ticketed. While it can be a costly lesson for drivers, these events are intended to keep Edmonton roadways a little safer.
So next time you’re driving around Edmonton, be on your best behavior. You never know when the next Big Ticket Event will begin.