Impaired drivers a problem
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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