Vehicle stolen from a local hotel
Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at a local hotel on Nov. 18. While speaking with the owner, the owner’s friend drove into the parking lot. The owner stated they were not aware the friend had taken the vehicle. Police spoke with the friend and determined the friend was under the influence of alcohol. As a result the driver received an Immediate Roadside Prohibition and is unable to drive for the next 90 days.
Police busy with highway incidents
Police were kept busy responding to incidents on the highway relating to the snow fall. In the early morning hours of Nov. 18, a semi truck driver, drove past a line up of vehicles which were stopped for others who were chaining up. The semi lost control in a curve and struck another commercial vehicle headed in the opposite direction. The unit then collided with a Parks Canada vehicle which was on scene. There were no serious injuries in the incident. The driver of the semi was ticketed for his involvement in the collision.
Stranded motorist on Highway 1
Police came upon a stranded motorist with a young child west of Golden on Hwy#1 on Nov. 21. The vehicle had suffered a flat tire and was unable to move further from the area. The roads were snow and ice covered and the officer felt it was not safe for the mother and child to wait in that location. The officer rolled up his sleeves and changed the tire for the pair who immediately returned to their home in the Blaeberry.
Drivers are reminded to use extra caution at this time of the year when using the roads. The packed snow, icy and slushy conditions affect safe stopping distances, in particular at intersections in town. This also holds true for crosswalks and is particularly concerning around local schools where children may not understand that a vehicle has a reduced ability to stop safely on such roads. It is imperative that all drivers drive according to the conditions of the road at the time. Slow down, leave a greater distance between yourself and the vehicle in front, and when in school zones, assume a child is likely to approach the road area. This also holds true when approaching school buses. Prepare ahead that the bus may be about to load or unload children at the roadside. Once they display their flashing red and/or the stop sign, you must stop when approaching the bus from either direction. Failing to stop for a school bus is a $167 fine.