All calm, quiet over Christmas and New Year’s

Richard Froese
South Peace News

All was calm for High Prairie RCMP over the holiday season for Christmas and New Year’s.

“Overall it was pretty quiet, nothing out of the ordinary,” says Sgt. George Cameron.

“I hope the positive message to not drink and drive is getting across and people are adhering to it.”

Police received just two reports of impaired drivers from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

One female driver was charged on the evening of Jan. 1.

No organized road checks were set up during that time as bone-chilling temperatures dipped to below -35 C from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

“We are pleased that people made themselves safe, and I think the cold weather played a factor,” Cameron says.

“I don’t think there were many travellers because of the weather.”

Christmas was peaceful for police.

“We didn’t get one call for service on Christmas Day and no reports of collisions over the holiday,” Cameron says.

“We hope the local number of calls for service continues, and the number of impaired drivers declines.”

Driving continues to be top priority for police.

“Road safety is important and it’s good to see people are taking it seriously,” Cameron says.

High Prairie and Faust RCMP promoted a Christmas message in the South Peace News on Dec. 20 with special advise.

-Have a designated sober driver.

-If you are at a friend’s or family, stay over.

-Call and take a taxi.

-Simply don’t use alcohol and/or drugs.

High Prairie RCMP also received three reports of moving traffic violations that led to one driver was charged with speeding while another was issued a ticket for driving without a license. Police also received five reports of assaults that continue to be investigated.

Lakeshore Regional Police Service also reported an uneventful week.

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