Media Release: February 3, 2014

Distracted Driver Campaign

The Nelson Police Department will be actively watching for distracted drivers during the month of February. Drivers are four times more likely to crash when talking on a hand held phone and 23 times more likely to get in a crash if they text behind the wheel. On average 34 people in the Southern Interior of British Columbia perish in distracted driving related crashes. Please think twice when tempted to initiate a call, answer your phone or text during driving. Please pull over when safe to so or simply wait until you reach your destination prior to using your hand held phone. By working together we can change driver’s attitudes and habits making road travel safer in the process. Please join us at the Nelson Police Department in our campaign to reduce motor vehicle crashes and save lives.

Police may issue a ticket with a penalty of $167 and three penalty points to drivers that are observed talking or texting on their hand held cell phones while driving.

Winter Driving

On Wednesday morning the Nelson Police Department responded numerous motor vehicle collisions. The recent snowfall caused reduced traction on Nelson roads that resulted in thousands of dollars of vehicle damages. Winter weather can produce hazardous driving conditions. Please be vigilant, especially when weather changes occur. When weather conditions change drivers must be alert to the changing driving conditions. The first snow fall, the first day of rainfall or the first day of sub zero temperatures are all examples of changes that should trigger drivers to be extra attentive. Take your time, leave extra space from the vehicle in front of you and avoid steep hills when alternate routes are available.

NPD file 2014-452

Over the weekend officers of the Nelson Police Department were called to assist a young adult who was holding a party in his parent’s home. With the help of social media and word of mouth, the party quickly swelled way beyond its intended size. The young person had the wisdom to recognize that the party was well beyond his means to control. Crowds of teens were coming and going, spilling out into the cold night air and the music was blaring out into the neighbourhood.

When police arrived they were met at the front door by the teen’s well intentioned, but misinformed friends, who happened to fancy themselves as “street lawyers”. The officers on scene prevailed until the complainant was located and interviewed. The complainant, who seemed wise beyond his years, discussed the matter with police and sought their advice.

Choosing to ignore the advice of his unretained “on site legal team”, the young person calmly and shrewdly shut down the party and ejected approximately 75 unwanted guests while police stood by. Within 30 minutes the situation was back under control and the party was shrunk to a manageable size.