Just before midnight Sept 26 the Nelson Police received a call via 911 about a hit and run that had occurred in the Fairview area. Nelson Police members responded and located the vehicle and its driver on Front Street at Cedar St. The vehicle had stopped because of the damaged sustained in the collisions or the driver would have continued to try and leave the area.
Once in custody the driver was found to be operating the vehicle under the influence of liquor and on an expired foreign license. In total 5 parked vehicles and two roadway signs were damaged. Fortunately no one was hurt. The 23 year old male is facing charges for impaired driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, driving without a license, and driving without consideration for others. NPD file 2014-4821 refers.
It appears the message is not getting through to drivers in the area. Between July 1-Sept 1, 2014 15 people in Nelson have been served 90 day roadside prohibitions. This is double the number from the same time period last year.
The good news is that changes to British Columbia’s laws against driving while impaired have reduced fatal crashes as well as ambulance calls and hospital admissions resulting from motor vehicle crashes, according to a recent study.
The Nelson Police department will be kicking off the summer impaired driving checkstop program next week. Checkstops will be set up in the Nelson area with the intent of targeting impaired drivers as the summer season begins.
Signs of an impaired driver:
- Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
- Making exceptionally wide turns
- Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
- Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
- Disregarding signals and lights
- Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
Always maintain a safe distance from any driver you suspect might be impaired:
- Call 911 (If you are driving, pull over first if you can safely do so)
- State your location
- Vehicle description
- Licence plate number of vehicle
- Colour of vehicle
- Make and model of vehicle
- Direction of travel for the vehicle
- Description of driver
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 Nelson Police Department holiday CounterAttack Program officially begins on November 29th.
In addition to impaired driving, the Nelson Police will be targeting other types of high risk driving behavior. This includes aggressive driving, people who are not wearing their seatbelts, speeding or using hand held devices while driving.
Drivers can expect to see an increased officer presence on roadways for the remainder of the holiday season.
- Don’t drink and Drive. It’s not worth risking it.
- Prepare your vehicle for emergencies. Don’t get caught on a dark, cold road without a flashlight or warm winter boots.
- Drive carefully. Ice and Snow can make winter driving treacherous. Drive slowly, don’t hurry and watch for other drivers.
On Monday Oct 1 at 3:25PM the Nelson Police received a 911 report of a female being assaulted in the 500 block Herridage Lane. At the same time another caller reported a theft in progress from a business in the 400 block Baker St. Upon arrival Nelson Police members found two males holding a female down. She had allegedly shoplifted from one downtown business and while staff was searching for her she did the same thing in another business. After a foot pursuit she was caught in the 500 block Herridage Lane. While trying to escape she bit one person and kicked another, causing minor injuries to both. The 24 year old was taken into custody and transported to NPD cells until sober. She was then released and will have to answer to charges of theft and assault. All the stolen property was located and returned. NPD file 2013-4727 refers.
On Friday Oct 4 at 9:00AM an off duty Nelson Police Member noted an individual in the 400 block Baker St that he knew was banned from the area for trafficking drugs. The off duty member stayed and spoke with the male while an on duty NPD member attended to investigate the matter further. The 24 year old male is facing charges of breach of his probation and possession of a controlled substance. NPD file 2013-4770 refers.
On Friday Oct 4 at 11:25AM Nelson Police members on foot patrol located several people drinking in Cottonwood Falls Park. All were cooperative and disposed of their liquor immediately. They were warned about the possible $230 fine for public consumption of liquor and escorted out of the park.
On Friday Oct 4 at 11:00PM a vehicle was noted to be driving in excess of the speed limit in the 700 block Vernon St. It then did a U-turn and parked in a no parking zone. NPD members stopped and approached the driver. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol but refused to provide a sample of his breath as required, upon demand. He then began filming the members and interfered with the impounding of his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with obstructing a police officer and will answer to those charges Dec 3 in Nelson. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and his driver’s license suspended for 90 under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.
On September 20th, 2013, at approximately midnight, Nelson Police Department and Nelson Fire Rescue were called to the intersection of Stanley and Vernon Streets regarding a single vehicle MVI. The driver of the vehicle had lost control while attempting a left turn onto Stanley St from Vernon St and had struck the building on the corner. The 22 year old driver, who was not injured in the crash, was investigated for impaired driving and issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition and the vehicle, though no longer drivable, was impounded for 30 days. (File # 2013-4573 refers)
On September 21st, 2013, at approximately 8:22 in the evening, Nelson Police received several 911 calls from the residences at the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College. The callers requested an ambulance to attend as one of the students had fallen from the 4th floor walkway onto the rocks below. EHS, Nelson Fire Rescue and Nelson Police attended the scene and located the 22 year old male. He was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital for assessment by medical staff for injuries sustained and further transferred to the Trail Hospital overnight. The lucky student was not seriously injured in the fall and is now recovering at Kootenay Lake Hospital. (File # 2013-4582 refers)
On September 22nd, 2013, at approximately 4:18 in the morning, Nelson Police were called to the Silverking Campus of Selkirk College with regard to a vehicle driving around the college tearing up the grass. The vehicle was observed by a witness to be driving on the sidewalks, on the grass and around the buildings. Nelson Police located the vehicle and 2 19 year old males were arrested for Mischief Over $5000. Both were held in custody until sober and released on a Promise to Appear with a court date and conditions not to attend Selkirk College. The driver was also issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Representatives for Selkirk College were notified of the damage and they will be making an assessment as to the actual cost to repair the grounds. (File # 2013-4588 refers)
On September 22, 2013, at approximately 6:10 pm, Nelson Police received several 911 calls regarding a single vehicle MVI in the 900 block of Vernon St. Nelson Police, Nelson Fire Rescue and EHS attended. The 46 year old female driver, and lone occupant was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital with injuries sustained in the crash. Nelson Police are continuing their investigation with regard to possible alcohol involvement in the crash. (File # 2013-4594 refers)