RCMP express concern over road safety

Lunenburg District RCMP are expressing concern over a higher-than-normal volume of traffic calls in the last week of September and first week of October, while having had to respond to several serious road-related incidents in the same time frame.

While the district RCMP have focused on the detachment's road safety initiatives, resulting in a 54 per cent increase in traffic enforcement over the same period last year, they are concerned that motorists are not getting the message.

"Every day, we go to work and devote a lot of time enforcing the laws and educating the public about impaired driving, and it seems that some people just are not getting it," Sgt. Mark MacPherson of Lunenburg District RCMP, said in a statement.

"We are also concerned with the frequency with which we see people driving unsafely, doing things like texting while driving, speeding, and taking unnecessary risks".

A number of incidents over the last week have prompted the call from police, asking drivers to report any unsafe vehicle activity. The incidents included:

Sunday September 24 at 9:45 a.m. - RCMP responded to a call of a vehicle off the road on Golf Course Rd. in Chester. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 75-year-old man deceased in the vehicle. An RCMP traffic analyst was called to examine the scene and the matter is still under investigation.

Monday September 25 at 1:00 p.m. - RCMP responded to a call of a truck in the ditch on Lawrence Hatt Rd. in Western Shore. Once on scene, RCMP officers arrested a 70-year-old man from Western Shore for impaired driving. The man was held in custody until sober and later released. He is facing charges of impaired driving, driving while his blood alcohol is over 80 mg per cent, and resisting arrest. He will appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on October 25.

Friday September 29 at approximately 11:00 p.m. - RCMP responded to a serious injury collision in the Village of Chester. Preliminary investigation has determined the vehicle, which was occupied by three young men, had been driving in a dangerous manner in the village prior to the collision. Their vehicle struck a parked SUV, causing injuries to two occupants of their vehicle. The driver, an 18-year-old man from Hubbards, is facing charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm (two counts) and his licence has been suspended for seven days due to his blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on November 15.

Sunday October 1st at 8:30 p.m. - RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision on Hwy 103 in Hebb's Cross. The collision involved a small car and a tractor trailer, and resulted in the death of a 50-year-old man from Chelsea. A 51-year-old woman was injured as well, and the collision remains under investigation. Highway 103 was closed for 14 hours while investigators examined the collision scene.

The RCMP is encouraging the public to contact them when they observe unsafe driving. You may be asked to provide information on the vehicle you're concerned about, the driver, your location, and the behaviour that you're seeing. The RCMP can be contacted anywhere in Nova Scotia by calling 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). If it's an emergency, call 911.

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