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RCMP warn against driving distracted, ignoring winter conditions, and torching cars

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
November 4th, 2009

Castlegar RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding out who stole a blue 2005 GMC Sierra pick-up truck from the 100 block of 6th Avenue sometime during the night Nov. 3, then abandoned the vehicle after setting it on fire on Hall Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call the detachment at 250-365-7721.
In related news, while the above is an extreme example of irresponsible vehicular care, police across the province are also turning a gimlet eye to distracted drivers, after new provincial legislation has been passed and is set to take effect on Jan.1, 2010.

“At that point, only hands-free cellphones and devices that require one touch to activate will be permitted (while driving),” Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff said. “Drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) will not be permitted to use hands-free phones in addition to other prohibited activity.”

Postnikoff said that, as a member of the local police force, she’ll be happy to see the law take effect.

“These new changes gives the police another enforcement tool to create safer roads in this province,” she said “ These new restrictions on cell phones and other devices that take a driver’s hands off the wheel and their eyes from the road have been long overdue.

“Many motor vehicle collisions in B.C. have been caused by distracted drivers using cell phones. These particular accidents could have been prevented. This new legislation places more responsibility on the driver.”

She also cautioned residents to act accordingly as winter driving conditions evolve.

“Police are reminding motorists to ensure they have good winter tread tires,” she said. “If you are travelling over any of the B.C. mountain passes, you must carry chains and be prepared to install them if needed.

“Also, be sure to check current weather conditions prior to travel and ensure your vehicle is equipt with a survival kit which includes a blanket, water, snacks and warning devices.

“Always maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles.”

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