EDMONTON - Alberta police issued 663 tickets during a weekend safety blitz along the dangerous highway that runs between Edmonton and the oilsands city of Fort McMurray.
Seven people were killed on Highway 63 in a head-on collision April 27, the latest fatalities on a route where dozens of people have died over the past few years.
RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs issued 552 speeding tickets, 95 hazardous violations including dangerous driving, four alcohol-related violations and one 24-hour suspension for substance abuse.
Others were ticketed for driving without insurance or while suspended and other infractions.
Police says the number of tickets is about twice what would normally be issued and promise more safety blitzes.
On Saturday, hundreds of people rallied in Fort McMurray to demand the province speed up the twinning of Highway 63.
ALBERTA TOWNS AMONG FASTEST GROWING IN CANADA:
Canada's 10 Fastest Growing Cities
Percentages show population growth from 2006 census to 2011 census. Source: Canada 2011 Census
10: Lloydminster, SK - 14%
A view of the Husky Energy upgrader facility inLloydminster, Saskatchewan where bitumen and heavy oil are converted to synthetic oil. (The Canadian Press Images/Bayne Stanley)
9: Squamish, BC - 14.6%
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8: Cold Lake, AB - 15.4%
Photo: City of Cold Lake
7: Grande Prairie, AB - 16.8%
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6: Sylvan Lake, AB - 19.2%
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5: Strathmore, AB - 19.7%
Photo: City of Strathmore
4: High River, AB - 20.6%
Photo: City of High River Prairie grain elevator and grain storage bins near High River, Alberta with the Rocky Mountains visible in the distance. THE CANADIAN PRESS
3: Steinbach, MB - 22.2%
Photo: City of Steinbach
2: Fort McMurray (Wood Buffalo), AB - 27.1%
This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows a tar sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. (The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
1: Okotoks, AB - 42.9%
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