LRPS Busy Giving Out Distracted Driving Tickets[CJOC News] The Lethbridge Regional Police Service has been busy this past year giving out tickets for distracted driving. Since last September, Police have issued 893 tickets, the overwhelming majority (878) for people talking on or using hand-held cell phones. A few tickets were also given out for things like reading, writing, and grooming while driving. People are being reminded the fine for distracted driving is $172.
Police remind all motorists that while operating a vehicle in Alberta drivers are prohibited from:
* Talking on a hand-held cell phone
* Using electronic devices such as laptops, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players
* Manually entering information on GPS units
* Reading printed material or writing/sketching
* Personal grooming
* Using a hand-held radio communication device
Tougher Drinking and Driving Laws Start this Weekend[CJOC News] Tougher drinking and driving penalties in Alberta kick in this weekend. Starting September 1st, Drivers caught with a blood alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.08 will receive an immediate three day licence suspension and a three day vehicle seizure.
Sergeant Craig Deimuth with the Lethbridge Regional Police Traffic Unit says the hope is this new legislation will make our roads even safer. He says people will take responsibility for their actions and monitor how much they've had to drink.
Prior to these changes, drivers with a blood alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.08 received only a 24 hour licence suspension.
Joint CPS and SCAN Operation Leads to Arrests[Alberta Police Report] The Calgary Police Service, in partnership with ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit, has shuttered three homes on the same block that were allegedly being used to traffic drugs.
Various quantities of crack cocaine, codeine, morphine, and Oxycodone were seized from the homes, along with $44,000 cash, drug paraphernalia, swords, knives, and other weapons.
It is alleged drugs were being sold directly from these homes, causing significant concern for community members and neighbours, as well as law enforcement.
In addition to the warrants, SCAN issued warning letters to the property owners. If the property owners don’t comply with the warning letters and put an end to the alleged illegal activity on the property, SCAN has the ability to use civil legislation to seek a Community Safety Order (CSO) to shut the house down and remove the residents. The owners of the properties have been co-operative and have issued eviction notices to their tenants.
Raymond Michael CARIGNAN, 51, Scott McKay DUGUAY, 50, and Glenn JONES, 57, all of Calgary, face multiple drug and weapons-related charges.
The CPS and SCAN continue to encourage the public to be the eyes and ears of their community. If you see suspicious behaviour, call the police. Albertans who suspect a property in their neighbourhood is being used for illegal activity can also contact SCAN toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226) or online at www.scan.alberta.ca. All complaints are confidential.
The CPS and SCAN are committed to working with communities to maximize public safety in Calgary.
By E. Poole
Calgary Police Service