Police News – SQ Labour Day weekend report
The Sureté du Quebec was kept busy over the Labour Day weekend. Despite awareness campaigns carried out before the period, the SQ gave out 6,900 tickets between September 2nd and the 5th on the roads for infractions such as speeding, not wearing a safety belt, and talking on a cell phone while driving. They also arrested 143 people for driving under the influence of either alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. There were two fatal collisions over that long weekend.
On September 7th, the Regie de police Memphremagog (RPM) were called to an accident on chemin des Hautes Terres, in Orford. There was a car in the ditch with four passengers aged between 18 and 26, three men and a woman. The four were taken to the Magog hospital with minor injuries. The police suspected that the 26 year-old driver from Saint Hubert was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and so requested a warrant to take a blood sample for analysis.
Over the weekend the RPM arrested three people for driving under the influence: a 71 yearold woman from Magog, a 58 year-old man from Laval, and a 22 year-old man from Sherbrooke. The 22 year old did not have a license and it was his third infraction within a year, so he was kept detained to appear at the Sherbrooke Court House the next morning. Two other men were arrested for breaking conditions and possession of marijuana, in the case of one of the men.