Collisions add to traffic concerns – Police report

COLLISIONS

Police wish to remind drivers to use extra care as the weather turns cold and the road surfaces retain ice and debris. During the past week, RCMP Stettler detachment had the usual amount of minor collisions and deer strikes with 20 being reported. As well on Oct. 27, at 5 p.m., we responded a collision near Tim Hortons at the junction of Highway 12 and 67 Street. A driver entering Highway 12 pulled into the path of another vehicle already using the highway. One person sustained minor injuries.

On Oct 28th police, fire and rescue and EMS responded to a collision at the intersection of Highway 12 and Queen Street at Botha. It appears that a 1998 Red Ford Contour was stopped on the highway turning left into Botha when a white Buick Enclave rear-ended the car. The injured were taken to Stettler Hospital for treatment.

CHARGED

On Oct. 30, a concerned motorist reported an erratic driver along Highway 12 west of Stettler. Police pulled over the vehicle near Erskine at approximately 12:15 a.m. Seized from the vehicle was 30 grams of marihuana. An 18-year-old male from Macklin, Saskatchewan and a 19-year-old male from Red Deer were compelled to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on Dec. 23 to enter pleas to the charge of possession of a controlled substance.

IMPAIRED DRIVING

At noon on Oct. 31, astute drivers reported a vehicle driving particularly poorly near the junction of highways 12 and 56 in the Town of Stettler. The vehicle had struck a sign and was swerving all over the highway. Police located and stopped the vehicle south on Highway 56 only to find the local 67-year- old male driver in medical distress. They obtained medical assistance for the driver and are certain alcohol was not a factor.

TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

Did you know that an area “Traffic Safety Committee” exists in Stettler? Consider volunteering to sit on this committee. The committee head is Len Wagner of the Alberta Office of Traffic Safety, who works closely with injury prevention specialist Stacie Pederson of Albert Health, Health Promotion and Prevention in Stettler. A variety or interested community members, businesses and law enforcement personnel participate to plan and promote safety on our roadways. A key area of involvement is working with the local SADD (Students against Drunk Driving) committees to get the safety message out to students. The committee tries to find innovative ways keep all of us safe.

VANDALISM AND THEFT

Halloween was quiet in the communities with no reports of related misbehaviour.

A license plate was stolen off a van parked in the 5000 block of 47 Street in Stettler on Oct. 25. Missing is Alberta plate 13E-891.

On Oct. 26, a car dealer in the 4400 block of 50 Street in Stettler found that four tires and rims were stolen off a vehicle in the lot overnight.

A fence was reported damaged on Oct. 31. The location was in the alley of the 5700 block of 42 Avenue in Stettler.

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