Strathcona County RCMP Remind Residents of Intersection Safety

Strathcona County, Alberta - January is Intersection Safety Month in Alberta. Intersections are natural points of conflict in our roadway system in both urban and rural settings. The Strathcona County RCMP wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to use caution when at intersections.

The majority of collisions at intersections are caused by driver error, the most common being; making a left turn across the path of an on-coming vehicle, committing a stop sign violation, and disobeying a traffic signal.

On average, 64 people are killed and 8,044 people are injured each year in collisions at intersections in Alberta.

Safety tips for drivers:

Do NOT:

  • Run red lights
  • Roll through a stop sign
  • Speed through intersections
  • Follow too closely
  • Make unsafe left-hand turns
  • Rely on having the right of way

 

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Be alert at intersections. Always look out for possible dangers when crossing the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
  • Abide by traffic signs and signals.

“Taking precautions behind the wheel is important and useful in avoiding a collision at an intersection.” says Cst. Chantelle Kelly of the Strathcona County RCMP, “Plan your trip to avoid rushing and leave early for your destination.”

Posted: 2018-01-18

Strathcona County RCMP Execute Search Warrant

Strathcona, Alberta – Strathcona County RCMP began investigating a stolen property complaint on December 19, 2017 and as a result a search warrant was executed at a residence located in the Glen Allan area of Sherwood Park, Alberta.

During the search several items were seized including a Kona Mountain Bike, 2010 Yamaha dirt bike and numerous surveying and radio detection tools. Police also seized what is suspected to be 5.4 grams of methamphetamine.  Approximate value of the stolen items is $200,000.

Police determined that the surveying and radio detection tools were stolen out of Edmonton on December 5, 2017.

Steven Todd FREDERICK, age 31 of Sherwood Park has been charged with:

-One count of possession of stolen property over $5000. -Two counts of theft under $5000. -Two counts of possession of stolen property under $5000. -One count of possession of a controlled substance.

FREDERICK was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. 

Kyryl Adrian NIEMI, age 27 of Beaumont has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. NIEMI was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. 

RCMP continue their investigation to determine if further charges are warranted in this matter.

If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Strathcona County RCMP at (780) 467-7741, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions). 

Posted: 2018-01-18

Strathcona County RCMP Warn of the Dangers of Driving Fatigued

Strathcona County, Alberta – Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realize that fatigued driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, fatigue impairment slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases the risk of being involved in a collision. Being awake for 23-24 hours causes the same impairment as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05.

Lack of sleep is one of the most common causes of fatigued driving. Other contributing factors include driving alone, driving long distances without rest breaks and driving through the night, or at times when the driver normally sleeps. Taking medication that increases sleepiness or drinking alcohol also contributes to driver fatigue.

People most at risk for falling asleep at the wheel are shift workers (irregular work schedules), commercial drivers, people with untreated sleep disorders, teenagers and young adults. Recognizing the symptoms of a fatigued driver can help prevent these collisions.

You may think drinking coffee, chewing gum, or rolling down the window will help you stay awake but they won’t.

Warning signs of driver fatigue

  • Yawning.
  • Inability to keep eyes focused and head up.
  • Having wandering, disconnected thoughts.
  • Driving the past few kilometres without remembering them.
  • Drifting between lanes, tailgating or missing traffic signs
  • Noticing a vehicle in the rear view mirror that seemed to appear out of nowhere.

How to reduce driver fatigue

  • Stop if you become sleepy while on the road.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before a long trip.
  • Avoid working all day and then driving all night. Stay overnight rather than driving straight through.
  • Schedule a break every two hours or every 160 km. Stretch or take a walk to get some fresh air.
  • Travel with an awake and alert passenger. Having someone to chat with will keep the driver awake and the passenger can also let the driver know if he/she is showing any signs of fatigue.

“Drivers who are fatigued are more likely to be involved in a collision and put other road users at risk” says Cst. Chantelle Kelly of the Strathcona County RCMP, “It impacts driver’s attention and alertness and may lead to driver error.

Posted: 2018-01-18