Robson Valley RCMP report: High speeds and unhappy customers

Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

On Tuesday March 24th, while conducting speed enforcement on Highway 16 a McBride RCMP member observed a white Ford pickup truck approaching at a very high rate of speed. A speed of 155km/hr was obtained on the approaching truck in the posted 100km/hr speed zone. The Alberta driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speeding under Section 148 of the Motor Vehicle Act which carries a fine of $368.00 and had his work truck impounded for 7 days.

On the same day, the McBride RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Airport Road. The vehicle was observed to be driving too fast around a corner while passing another vehicle, lost control and went off the road and struck a telephone pole. The driver was suffered minor injuries and was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for Unsafe Pass.

While conducting speed enforcement on Highway 5, a Valemount RCMP member observed a silver Ford Taurus approaching at a very high rate of speed. A speed of 148km/hr was obtained on the approaching vehicle as it was passing another vehicle. The posted speed limit in the area is 100km/hr. The Alberta driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speeding under Section 148 of the Motor Vehicle Act which carries a fine of $368.00 and had his work truck impounded for 7 days.

While conducting speed enforcement on Highway 5, a Valemount RCMP member observed a red Mazda SUV approaching north bound at a high rate of speed. A speed of 148km/hr was obtained on the approaching vehicle in the posted 100km/hr speed zone. The British Columbia driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speeding under Section 148 of the Motor Vehicle Act which carries a fine of $368.00 and had his work truck impounded for 7 days.

On the same day, a vehicle travelling north bound on Highway 5 near Valemount was stopped for speeding. The vehicle was observed travelling at a speed of 126km/hr in the posted 100km/hr zone. While speaking with the driver an odour of marihuana was detected and all occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle yields a small amount of marihuana which was seized. The driver was issued a violation ticket for speeding and no charges are being recommended for the small amount of marihuana seized.

Later that day, the Valemount RCMP responded to a report of threats being made by a male to another after a disagreement ensued over a purchase of a used cell phone. The cell phone which had been purchased was not able to be activated and after attempting to get his money back the seller threatened the purchased over frustration in dealing with the other male. The victim did not wish to have charges pursued and both parties spoken to about their interactions with each other.

On Wednesday March 25th, the Valemount RCMP was notified of damage to the speed reader board on Highway 16 near Mount Robson. The speed reader board had been damaged by someone shooting at it with a shotgun causing significant damage to the sign. If anyone had any information regarding this incident, please contact the Valemount RCMP at 250-566-4466 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Sometime during the early morning of March 28th, a resident at 101 Elm Street, in Valemount, discovered the tires slashed on a vehicle parked in the driveway. RCMP continue to investigate this incident and anyone who might have witnessed anything is asked to call the Valemount RCMP.

On Monday March 30th the McBride RCMP received a report of a truck in the ditch on 1st Avenue. The registered owner was later located who denied knowing anything about how the vehicle got there. The owner was issued a Violation Ticket for “Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident” under section 83(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act.

A short time later that morning, a report was received by a homeowner that an unknown male was found sleeping in a bed in her residence. The male was intoxicated and stated that he had been looking for a friend’s residence. The male was quickly located and arrested for break and enter and was released from custody with a future court date.

On March 31st, while conducting a commercial vehicle inspection on Highway 16 the McBride RCMP assisted the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Inspector after an odour of marihuana was detected inside of the truck. A small amount of marihuana was located and seized from the driver. Charges are not being considered due to the small amount of marihuana seized.

On April 3rd, the Valemount RCMP responded to a collision on Highway 5 just north of Valemount. A south bound tractor trailer had its drive shaft fall off the tractor unit and a vehicle following was unable to avoid it before striking it. The vehicle suffered moderate damage but luckily no one was injured.

On April 4th, the Valemount RCMP were notified of a tractor trailer that was travelling north on Highway 5 that had struck a moose near the North Thompson steel bridge. The tractor unit suffered moderate damage and the driver was uninjured. The Valemount RCMP is reminding motorists to be vigilant while travelling at night as more wildlife are encroaching on the roadways looking for food sources.

On April 5th while conducting speed enforcement on Highway 16 near McBride a vehicle was stopped for exceeding the posted speed limit. While speaking with the driver an odour of marihuana was detected from inside of the truck. A small amount of marihuana was seized and the driver was issued a Violation Ticket for speeding contrary to Section 146(3) of the Motor Vehicle Act.

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