The Nelson Police Department is continuing its holiday checkstop program. On Wednesday evening approximately 400 motorists were stopped and spoken to by Nelson Police Department members. On that evening 6 Provincial tickets were handed out and 10 warnings given.
Over the weekend several drivers lost their licenses to either 3 or 90 day suspensions for drinking and driving.
On Sunday Dec 22 at 1:35AM a young couple was seen getting into a vehicle parked in the 700 block Vernon St. When they noted the marked police truck nearby, they got out and walked away. As soon as the Nelson Police Member drove off they jumped back in and drove off breaking several traffic laws in the process. After nearly striking another police vehicle in the area the driver was stopped and detained. He was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without consideration for others, his license suspended for 3 days and his vehicle impounded. Fortunately no one was hurt on this occasion. NPD file 2013-5954 refers.
At 3:15 the same morning Nelson Police Members noted a truck driving erratically on Front Street. The vehicle was stopped and the 41 year old driver provided two samples of his breath to a roadside screening device. Both samples registered “FAIL”. His license was suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for 30. NPD file 2013-5960 refers.
Remember it doesn’t take much alcohol to impair your driving — just because you’ve only had a couple of drinks doesn’t mean you’re okay to drive.
Make a smart choice. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver, money for a taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.
On Thursday Dec 12 at 9:00 PM the Nelson Police were called when an unresponsive male was found on the street in the 600 block Baker St. NPD member attended and found a 42 year old male passed out from excessive liquor consumption. They managed to rouse him and he was lodged in cells until sober enough to care for himself. NPD file 2013-5813 refers.
On Saturday December 14 at 9:00 PM a male reported he was shoved by a stranger in the 500 block Ward St. Nelson Police members took a report and description of the offender. He was located a short distance away. After interviewing him and confronting the alleged victim it appears this altercation was started with the victim taking money for drugs from the assailant and then not providing them to him. Both parties were advised the incident will be investigated further and possible charges forthcoming for both. NPD file 2013-5854 refers.
On Thursday Dec 12 the Nelson Police conducted checkstops in various locations in Nelson from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Over 400 cars were checked for impaired drivers. It appears the message about the dangers of drinking and driving is being received in Nelson. The checkstops will continue through the holiday season.
Remember if you plan to drink, plan for someone else to drive.
If you encounter a suspected impaired driver, record the license plate and call 911.
On any given night in Canada one in 33 drivers is impaired.
The age group most likely to have been drinking before a crash is males 18-24 years old.
Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be in Nelson, B.C. on December 11, 2013. The show will commence at 6:45 p.m. at the railway crossing at Lakeside Park, 1900 Lakeside Drive. It will end at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The CPR annual Holiday Train program is considered to be the longest running fundraising program in North America. The train travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues.
Having said that, the Nelson Police will have a marked police truck parked in the vicinity of the show and will happily take any non-perishable food items on behalf of the Salvation Army.
Pedestrians will have free access to the site; however, barricades for motor vehicles will be set up ½ hour prior to the show. There will be a barricade with Nelson Police and Reserve members set up at Gordon Street and Third Street and at Second Street and Kokanee Street. If a Police Officer or a member of the train crew is directing traffic or pedestrians, please obey their directions.
The Holiday train is about 1000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars.
Please be safe and vigilant around the Holiday train and enjoy this fantastic community event.
On Saturday December 7 at 1:30 AM an NPD member was waved down by an intoxicated female requesting assistance in getting home. Due to the extreme weather conditions and her not being dressed appropriately for it the member allowed her to warm up in the vehicle while he finished with another matter. The female decided to leave the area on her own before she could be offered any further assistance. A short time later staff at a nearby bar reported her to NPD as they were also concerned for her well being. In learning the name of the 24 year old it was found she was bound by an order from previous charges to abstain from drinking alcohol. She was transported to cells and released when sober and able to arrange a ride home. She will appear in Nelson Law Courts in the New Year to answer to charges of breaching release conditions. NPD file 2013-5740 refers.
On Saturday December 7 at 12:45 PM staff at one retailer in the Chahko Mika mall attempted to detain a suspect in a possible shoplifting after she set off the store security alarm. She refused to cooperate and the driver of the car she entered drove off with her. A license plate was obtained and provided to the Nelson Police Department. The registered owner in known to police and the investigation is ongoing. NPD file 2013-5746 refers.
There were a number of accidents related to weather over the last few days. In periods of inclement weather, the Nelson Police would like to remind the motoring public to adjust their driving habits. When roads are slippery, slow down. Drivers should also leave additional space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front. Driver should always be courteous on the road particularly when they’re in a traffic jam. If a lane is closed and people are signaling to get over, please let them in where possible. Even when roadways are congested, traffic will flow much more smoothly if drivers cooperate and look out for one another.
With the upcoming holidays approaching, the Nelson Police Department would like to take this opportunity, as we do every year, to wish you and all your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season. The Nelson Police Department recognizes that there will be holiday festivities occurring and would like remind all to make safe choices in the upcoming weeks. The Nelson Police Department would like to encourage those participating in holiday festivities to not drink and drive, ensure you have alternative transportation, and ensure that you have a safety plan in place including:
- Not leaving any drinks or food unattended.
- Making sure someone else knows where you are going and when you are planning to return.
- Taking your mobile phone with you.
- Reporting any suspicious activity to staff, party hosts, or police.
If there is any other information that we can provide to you that may assist you in planning a safe and happy Holiday, please feel free to contact us at 250-354-3919