Im­paired driv­ers a prob­lem

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

The Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion RCMP an­swered 103 calls for ser­vice dur­ing the week of April 24-30. The fol­low­ing is a snap­shot of sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the last week which hi­hg­lights the na­ture of some calls we re­ceived and iden­ti­fies in­ci­dents that the pub­lic can pos­si­bly help us with by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Calls for ser­vice in­cluded 10 false alarms, 21 traf­fic re­lated com­plaints and nine mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions.

April 24

• What was thought to be a sus­pi­cious pack­age was left on the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre park­ing lot in Spa­niard’s Bay turned out to be a book bag con­tain­ing a com­puter printer. RCMP is ask­ing any­one miss­ing a printer to file a re­port.

• A 68-year-old man from Bay Roberts was ar­rested af­ter an in­ci­dent of as­sault in the town. He was charged with as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm and was held for court.

April 25

• A re­sponse was made to six sep­a­rate false alarm calls over 24 hours. Po­lice are ad­vis­ing busi­ness and home­own­ers to keep their alarms in work­ing or­der to avoid de­lay­ing of­fi­cers from re­spond­ing to a po­ten­tially more se­ri­ous emer­gency.

April 26

• Po­lice re­sponded to a break and en­ter to a shed on North West Brook Drive in Salmon Cove. The front door had been dam­aged and the shed had been en­tered. The mat­ter re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

April 27

• A break and en­ter hap­pened at a busi­ness on Goulds Ridge Road in Makin­sons. Dam­age to­tal­ing over $6,000 was done to the prop­erty while break­ers and wiring were stolen from elec­tri­cal panels.

April 28

• A 29-year-old male from New Har­bour was ar­rested for al­legedly breach­ing a con­di­tion of his court or­ders. He was re­port­edly op­er­at­ing an ATV in the Shearstown area, and had been con­sum­ing al­co­hol. Af­ter be­ing held for court, he was re­leased and is ex­pected to ap­pear in court on May 22.

• A 36-year-old man was de­tained and charged with im­pared driv­ing and op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle with a blood­al­co­hol level over 80 mil­ligrams af­ter a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in Western Bay. He was served a manda­tory 90-day sus­pen­sion no­tice and will ap­pear in court June 19.

April 29

• A 10-foot Pel­i­can kayak was taken from a Clarke’s Beach res­i­dence while it was tied up at the wharf on the main road. The mat­ter re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

April 30

• A sin­gle ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent on the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way near Car­bon­ear where a ve­hi­cle ended up on its roof. Three oc­cu­pants were taken to the hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance af­ter re­ceiv­ing mi­nor in­juries. Con­di­tions were foggy at the time and it is al­leged a moose ran onto the road.

Some help­ful tips

• Im­paired driv­ers con­tinue to get ap­pre­hended by po­lice — im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion for those drink­ing al­co­hol and think­ing about driv­ing:

1. If you con­sume al­co­hol and make the poor de­ci­sion to drive a ve­hi­cle, not only are you com­mit­ting a Crim­i­nal of­fence, you are risk­ing your life and the lives of oth­ers. There is no need to con­sume al­co­hol and op­er­ate a ve­hi­cle.

2. Don’t try and guess if you are im­paired. The provin­cial blood-al­co­hol limit for op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle is 50 mg of al­co­hol per 100 ml of blood, which can be too low to guess. If you have to guess, you’ve had too much to drink.

3. Al­co­hol dis­torts ra­tio­nal think­ing. Some peo­ple be­lieve they are okay to drive af­ter a cou­ple of drinks, but this may not be the case.

4. Be­ing charged with 80mg of al­co­hol per 100ml of blood is an au­to­matic 90-day li­cense sus­pen­sion and, if con­victed, could lead to fines, a 12-month driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion or even jail time. It is just not worth it.

Don’t drink and drive.

Com­mu­nity polic­ing events

• The com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fice, Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Crime Preven­tion Com­mit­tee and Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket are proud to once again spon­sor the an­nual Fa­ther’s Day bi­cy­cle rodeo. It will be held June 16 from 9-11am.

• The RCMP and Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Crime Preven­tion will be hav­ing an in­for­ma­tion booth at the an­nual Bay Wheels car show at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts June 1-2. In­for­ma­tion pam­phlets on drugs and per­sonal safety will be handed out and Const. John Clarke will be mak­ing bal­loon an­i­mals for the kids.

If your com­mu­nity or com­mu­nity group is look­ing for RCMP in­volve­ment, con­tact the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion of­fices at 786-2118 (Bay Roberts) or 596-5014 (Har­bour Grace). You may also con­tact the com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cer di­rectly at 589-5635.

Re­port crime or sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP would like to re­mind mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic they are en­cour­aged to re­port any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to their lo­cal de­tach­ment. You can re­port your in­for­ma­tion in per­son, by phone or you can be anony­mous by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477. You can go on­line to www.nl­crimestop­pers.com or www.rock­tips.ca. Crime Stop­pers NL is now on twit­ter and Face­book.

— Const. John Clarke is the com­mu­nity polic­ing and drug aware­ness of­fi­cer for Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP. He can be reached at the fol­low­ing: 786-2110 (of­fice), 5895635 (cell) or by email John.W.Clarke@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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