SQ Po­lice Beat

Snow­mo­bile sa­fe­ty cam­pai­gn ends bad­ly

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SThe num­bers

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.

PHO­TO COUR­TE­SY OF SÛ­RE­TÉ DU QUÉ­BEC PO­LICE

A snow­mo­bile sa­fe­ty cam­pai­gn dub­bed Opé­ra­tion Ca­ta­ly­seur was car­ried out throu­ghout Que­bec last wee­kend.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

SQ po­lice are see­king this sus­pect in connec­tion with a Jan. 25 rob­be­ry in a

Vau­dreuil-Do­rion home.

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