RCMP Report: Two separate collisions with bears near Golden

Police responded to two collisions involving bears over the past week, one of which was killed.

Window Smashed

Police were called on September 14 after the owner of a VW Jetta reported having his vehicle window smashed in while it was parked on 8th Avenue South. Anyone with information regarding this mischief is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Vehicle Rolled on Hwy

A 37 year-old from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., was transported to the Golden Hospital by BC Ambulance after rolling his vehicle on Highway 1 near Heather Hill on September 14. Police believe that speed relative to conditions may have been a contributing factor. No other vehicles or occupants were involved.

Collisions with Bears

Police responded to two collisions involving bears this week. The first incident occurred on September 14 on Highway 1 approximately 15 kms west of Golden. The bear, which police believe would have been injured, was never located.

The second incident occurred on September 16 on Highway 95 near Habart Road. BC Conservation was advised and the deceased bear was removed from the highway. No human injuries were reported in either of the incidents.

Parked Semi Hit

On September 16 police were called to the ‘old scales’ parking lot off of Highway 1 after a truck driver reported that someone had hit his truck while he was sleeping.

Police responded and were able to review the vehicle’s dash cam which had recorded the incident, specifically the company name and trailer number for the other vehicle. Police were then able to track down the driver of the other vehicle who denied knowing that he had struck the vehicle.

A collision report was prepared and forwarded to ICBC for further follow up.

Stolen Bike

Police are asking for assistance in locating a stolen bicycle that is believed to have been taken sometime between noon and 7 p.m. on September 15. The bicycle is described as a Grey/Brown 2011 Specialized Camber 27 Speed mountain bike with dual suspension and turquoise handlebars.

Anyone who may know where the bike is located is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Collision a False Alarm

Emergency crews responded to a “collision” on Highway 1 east of Golden on September 16. RCMP and BC Ambulance received a call indicating that a pickup truck had collided into the side of a mountain and required help. Upon arrival police and paramedics determined that the vehicle had not struck the mountain and that the driver had simply pulled to the side to change a flat tire.

“Unfortunately these types of calls happen quite often throughout the year and can be avoided by callers simply stopping and determining what has transpired before calling 911,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. “The two minutes it takes to stop could save police from being tied up unnecessarily and allow paramedics to respond to other calls.”

Jackets Stolen

Police were called on September 18 after it was reported that someone had stolen two jackets out of a parked vehicle that was left unlocked on Mitchell Road. The jackets were worth approximately $400. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Trespassing Quads

Police have forwarded information off to the Ministry of Environment for follow up after police received a tip that quads had been trespassing on private property and doing “doughnuts” in the Blaeberry River. The caller advised that the property is often accessed by quadders who break the fence to gain access to the area.

Traffic Services

The Golden RCMP Traffic Services unit set up ‘Speedwatch’ September 14 on 9th Street South in the 30km/h zone near Alexander Park School.

“Several motorists were given friendly reminders to slow down,” says Cst. Lainchbury “Although the speed limit is in effect there year round, we wanted to remind motorist to slow down now that school is back in.”

The program which uses a large display to show driver’s how fast they are travelling is something that the Golden RCMP would like to use more often with the assistance of community volunteers. Anyone interested in helping with the program is asked to contact Cst. Lainchbury at the detachment or by email: spencer.lainchbury@rcmp- grc.gc.ca.

Impounded Trailer

Police with the Golden RCMP Traffic Services unit impounded a tractor trailer unit this week after they allege that the driver was travelling 105km/h in the 60km/h zone on Highway 1 near Lafontaine Road. The vehicle was impounded for seven days under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, and the driver was also issued a Violation Ticket for $368.00.

50 km Over Limit

A 58 year-old from Alberta also had her vehicle impounded this week after police allege that she was travelling 130km/h in a 80km/h speed zone just east of Golden. The driver was also issued a $368.00 Violation Ticket.

School Bus Safety

Police would like to remind drivers of the requirement to stop for school buses after receiving several complaints throughout the first few weeks of September. Under Section 149 the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act:

The driver of a vehicle on a highway, on meeting or overtaking a school bus

(a) that is designated as a school bus,

(b) that is stopped on a highway, and

(c) on or near which a sign or signal is displayed indicating the school bus is receiving or discharging school children, must stop the vehicle before reaching the bus and not proceed until the bus resumes motion or the driver of the bus signals to other drivers that it is safe to proceed.