Despite an increased presence on Alberta's highways, the Integrated Traffic Unit says there was still a significant amount of tragedies on provincial highways over the long weekend.

The news comes from a release from the organization, which states there were just over 5,000 violations and non-violations handed out.

Probably about the most sobering fact was that eight people lost their lives in seven traffic incidents.

Officials also record 48 incidents involving impaired driving on Alberta's roads.

There were also several drivers driving at speeds well in excess of the posted speed limit, including a set of motorcycles recorded near Crossfield at 180 km/h and a young, unlicenced, driver clocked at 187 km/h near the same exit on Highway 2.

A total of 67 drivers were charged with driving at speeds in excess of 50 km/h about the speed limit on Alberta roads.

Superintendent Howard Eaton says that the long weekend is just the start of the summer highway safety campaign. It will be followed by heightened services during the summer, monthly traffic safety calendar campaigns, and enhanced Alberta Checkstop campaigns.

The following is a breakdown of all the violations and non-violations issued by the Integrated Traffic Unit:

Total

Fri

Sat

Sun

Violations

Speeding

Speeding

3,746

1,067

611

770

Speeding 50+ Over the Limit

67

20

12

18

Speeding in Construction Zone

5

1

0

2

Speeding near School/playground

4

4

0

0

Speeding past Emergency Vehicle

21

8

2

9

Total

3,843

1,100

625

799

Seatbelt

Seat Belts (Child Seat)

21

6

9

4

Seat Belts (Driver/Passenger)

183

76

33

25

Total

204

82

42

29

Intersection

Intersections (Stop Sign, Light, etc)

39

7

3

9

Total

39

7

3

9

Alcohol Violation

Provincial Liquor Violation

83

25

11

27

Total

83

25

11

27

Distracted

Driving

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone)

56

27

5

8

Distracted Driving (Other)

1

0

0

0

Total

57

27

5

8

Hazardous

Careless Driving

12

6

1

3

Other TSA Moving Violations

73

20

20

22

Total

85

26

21

25

Non-Hazardous

No Insurance (Uninsured Vehicle)

25

10

0

6

Other Provincial (Wildlife, Litter,

Fish+Game)

7

3

2

1

Other TSA Non-Moving Violations

(Reg, Ins, DL, FTP, Equip, etc)

591

180

112

115

Suspended Driver (TSA Susp/

Disqual/Cancelled)

15

5

4

2

Total

638

198

118

124

Non-Violations

24 Hr

Suspension

24 hr. Suspension (Alcohol)

4

2

0

1

24 hr. Suspension (Drugs)

12

5

1

4

Total

16

7

1

5

AZAT

Suspension

AZAT Suspension (GDL)

3

0

3

0

Total

3

0

3

0

Criminal Code

CC - Drive While Disqualified/Prohibited

1

0

0

0

CC - Other Charges

25

10

1

4

CDSA/Drug Charges

21

5

3

4

Total

47

15

4

8

Impaired

Driving

CC Impaired Driver (Alcohol)

12

1

2

6

CC Impaired Driver (Refusal)

3

1

2

0

Total

15

2

4

6

IRS

Suspension

IRS Suspension (50-80)

9

2

2

1

Total

9

2

2

1

Total

5,039

1,491

839

1,041