SQ Police Beat
Snowmobile safety campaign ends badly
ûreté du Québec police have released the number of tickets and warnings issued last weekend as part of a provincewide operation aimed at improving and promoting safe snowmobile practices.
Yet even as the campaign was underway last weekend, two men in Quebec lost their lives in what police are calling unrelated snowmobile collisions. In one case, a man in his 40s died near Joliette, after being struck by a car. Police say he had been attempting to cross the road on his snowmobile after leaving a designated trail.
The safety campaign, dubbed Opération Catalyseur, was carried out during the Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Feb. 8 & 9 open house.
During last weekend’s safety campaign, SQ snowmobile patrols across the province conducted 241 operations and issued 540 tickets for various offenses under the Highway Safety Code and the Act Respecting Off-highway Vehicles. An additional four people were arrested for driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, while another 783 warnings were issued.
In the Montérégie, which includes the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC, a total of 16 operations were carried out. Of those police issued 81 warnings and 17 tickets. Six other drivers were given breathalyzer tests.
The aim of the safety operation is raising awareness about the need to follow laws and regulations when snowmobiling so those practicing the sport can be as safe as possible.
Opération Catalyseur is part of an action plan taking place in Quebec until 2015. The plan relies on such things as education, prevention, intervention and communica-
tion to promote safe recreational activities.
Break & enter thief sought
And police need the public’s help to identify a man being sought in connection with a Jan. 25 breaking and entering at a home in Vaudreuil-Dorion. According to police, residents of the home surprised the thief when returning at 3:15 p.m. to the house, situated on Harwood Rd. Though one resident attempted to subdue the robber, he fled in a white Pontiac Sunfire (19972000.) The suspect got away with jewelry.
The man being sought is believed to be between 40 and 50-years-old with short, wavy black hair. Witnesses say he has a slim build and wears eyeglasses. He is about 5 ft. 11 inches, and weighs close to 170 lbs. Anyone with information is asked to call the SQ’s Central Criminal Intelligence line at 1 800 659-4264.
A snowmobile safety campaign dubbed Opération Catalyseur was carried out throughout Quebec last weekend.
SQ police are seeking this suspect in connection with a Jan. 25 robbery in a