RCMP were out and about across Alberta over the Labour Day long weekend to enforce traffic safety laws.

From Sept. 1-4, they issued 2,124 tickets.

Just over half (1,124) were for speeding, with 41 for distracted driving and 50 for not following safety precautions like wearing a seatbelt.

Five fatal collisions were reported, with six fatalities.

Inspector Chris Romanchych, Officer in Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services, was quoted in an RCMP release:

"In a four-day period, we issued over 2,000 tickets; 2,000 tickets for what should, by this point, be common sense. Everyone knows the risks of speeding. Everyone knows the risk of driving under the influence... "The decisions to break the rules of the road is an extremely selfish one that does not consider how your choices may affect others. Saving a couple of minutes by speeding isn't worth risking the lives of others. I would hope that people consider the cost of a cab as less than the cost of a life."