Po­lice News – June is seat­belt safety month

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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