Cochrane drivers can expect to see increased enforcement on the roads as we head into the summer months. 

RCMP Detachment Commander, Insp. Dave Brunner said in July and August the Municipal Traffic Unit of Cochrane will partner with Alberta Sheriff's to do extra enforcement on distracted driving. 

"We see a lot of people that are trying to navigate the traffic circle at Hwy 1A and 22. They got one hand on the wheel and one hand on their phone and they're trying to navigate the traffic circle where you know, the amount of traffic that's going through there you need to be totally eyes on the circle and not on your phone. We've had some reports of some very close calls there."

"From a public safety point of view, slow down when you're going through the traffic circle. Distracted driving is not only a fine but it's demerits, you really don't need that."

In May, Brunner said they had 486 calls for service in the town of Cochrane with the top four calls being interconnected. 

"We had 35 calls for mischief or damage to property. Twenty-two calls were related to mental health, and 21 calls were suspicious activity. So a lot of that stuff, those three are very strongly related. Then the next top one that we had was 19 wellbeing checks." 

The Regional Police and Crisis Team (RPACT) responded to a lot of the calls according to Brunner. 

"They're hitting a lot of these calls and helping. We recently did some work to try and increase the turnaround time for members that take clients to Calgary hospital. We're working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the bigger picture is the Alberta RCMP trying to streamline that process so that we have officers and clients getting service in an expedited fashion when they need it."