As weather warms up, ATV safety a top priority in Rimbey

  • May. 3, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The Rimbey RCMP responded to 35 calls for service during the week.

Highlights include another impaired driver being arrested, domestic assaults, uttering threats and other criminal matters. Police have been working very hard with other partnering agencies to reduce crime and this week police began to see some fruits from those labors.

When the bar closed on Saturday, April 23rd, police responded to disturbance after a concerned citizen called 911 reporting a fight was in progress. Transient workers got into a mix up with local boys and things got out of hand resulting in the police being called. There were no injuries reported as a result of the scuffle. Following the investigation, all persons departed and no one was arrested.

Late Tuesday night, April 26th, a Rimbey Mountie was patrolling Highway 20 just south of town when he observed a black GMC truck driving erratically all over the road. The driver was immediately stopped and found to be impaired when questioned by the member. The accused, a 43-year-old man from Red Deer, provided police two breath samples that were over double the legal limit. A result of the investigation, the man was charged with impaired driving and his vehicle was seized.

In the very early morning hours of Thursday, April 28th, police quickly responded to a 911 call at a farm west of Rimbey for an alleged domestic assault. Police located a 27-year-old man and a 23-year old female on scene who had been drinking during the night. Subsequently, there was a physical altercation between them resulting in both being lodged in cells until sober. In addition, the female in this case provided the investigating officer with a false identity. The female, a resident of Red Deer, has been charged with assault and obstruction of a Peace Officer and will appear in Rimbey Court on May 6th, 2011.

Officers cracked down on speeding on Highway 22 west of Rimbey and numerous charges for various Traffic Safety Act offences were laid. In some cases, the public suffered minor symptoms of shock when they saw us out there.

It’s finally warming up. If you are heading out west with your ATV to enjoy some recreational activity, please ensure you have valid registration and insurance on your off highway vehicles and that you carry your documents with you to provide to the officer immediately upon request. Wear a helmet. Always plan ahead and let a family member or friend know where you are going and the time, which you will return. Carry a first aid kit, adequate clothing, water, food and tools to repair your ATV in the event you break down. Every year, police are dispatched to conduct search and rescue operations for people and no one has any idea where to start looking.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers: Phone: 1-800-222-8477, #8477 on Telus Mobility, *8477 on Rogers AT&T.