Police News – June is seatbelt safety month
Last Thursday, SQ patrollers were out checking that drivers had their seatbelts on. 350 cars were stopped during the operation and the drivers were all given an information booklet from the SAAQ about seatbelt safety. About a dozen of the drivers received tickets for not wearing their seatbelts.
Operation Ceinture will have police officers all over the province checking cars for seatbelt safety from June 2nd to the 8th. Although most people wear seatbelts, 30% of people who die in car collisions annually, year after year, were not wearing their seatbelts. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of getting badly hurt or dying in an accident by 50%. The Sherbrooke Police Service will hold several seatbelt safety operations throughout the month of June. In Sherbrooke, if you don’t wear a seatbelt, you could be fined between $80 and $100 and receive three inaptitude points.
Following several complaints from downtown businesses in Magog concerning vandalism, the Regie de police Memphremagog (RPM) will increase its surveillance of Principal Street West and Point Merry Park. Vandalism has been done to the exterior landscaping, equipment and buildings in this area. Most of the vandalism is done at night, causing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars of damages.
Whether it’s the breaking of commercial signs, destroyed flowers, graffiti, or overturned bins, those that commit these crimes run the risk of facing criminal proceedings or receiving a substantial fine. People are being asked to be vigilant and to report any vandalism or incivility as soon as possible to the police by calling 911 or 819 843-3334.
The investigation into the May 29th explosion outside of the Walmart store, in Magog, continues. Initially, the explosion was looking like a voluntary act, however, the police are still interviewing other people, including the victim himself, a man that was hurt when the vehicle exploded and is still in the hospital.
On Friday, officers with the RPM were called to the old DIFCO factory. A guard of the building complained that three young people had been there for a few weeks. The police found three teenagers, aged 11, 14 and 15, hidden in an office. They had broken into the building and found keys that opened almost every door in the plant. They were arrested and then handed over to their parents. The two adolescents will go to youth court and possibly face charges. Several tools were moved around in the areas where the teens were and the personal objects of others were found. This factory is closed and there is no interior lighting. Some areas are very dangerous.
Police across the province will be carrying out seatbelt safety operations in June.