Driving without insurance is costly

Rimbey RCMP had a busy week responding to numerous theft, break and enter, assault, calls involving domestic violence, mischief and

  • Jul. 17, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Rimbey RCMP had a busy week responding to numerous theft, break and enter, assault, calls involving domestic violence, mischief and impaired driving complaints.

Some people just don’t get it

Police had numerous contacts with a 20-year-old Rimbey man who seemed to enjoy meeting officers at various times of the day and night. By the end of the week the man found himself in jail at the remand centre where he will no longer enjoy the comforts of home while awaiting his next court appearance in August. Incidents involving the accused all involved physical violence and alcohol.

Damage to electrical station

Sometime during the week, someone cut the locks of the gate and building to the electrical station just west of Rimbey on Highway 53. Entry was not gained to the battery station, however the vandals did cause considerable damage trying to force their way in.

Man sought for harassment

Police are seeking a 23-year-old Red Deer man in relation to criminal harassment. An arrest warrant is being sought and police are taking extra measures to arrest the accused.

More copper wire thefts

Mounties are investigating more copper wire theft complaints where thieves broke into lease site buildings and yards. The latest site was hit July 11 when criminals stole copper wire from a site due north of Open Creek Dam, just off Highway 53.

Driving without insurance is costly

Rimbey RCMP seized several motor vehicles week and laid charges for drivers not having any insurance coverage. The ticket for the first offence is $2,875. This hefty fine seems to not deter some offenders.

In this last week officers charged one Ontario man who recently moved to Rimbey seeking work in the oilfield. He was driving a car without any insurance. A few days later, his roommate from Ontario was stopped in a different car and was charged with no insurance and he lost his car too. Neither man found a job in Alberta but will be paying more than $5,700 into the provincial treasury.

Ill driver gets medical help

Police responded to a possible impaired driving complaint on Highway 20. Police observed the man driving on the wrong side of the road and attempted to stop him before a collision occurred. When the elderly man finally pulled over he was found to be not intoxicated but, having a medical issue. Police ensured the man got the proper medical attention and was looked after accordingly.

Ticket stats on the rise

Rimbey RCMP continue to step up traffic enforcement on the roadways in efforts of making the highways safer. Traffic enforcement statistics show a 54-per-cent increase in the number of tickets issued in the last month. The moral of this story is to please slow down and always wear your seat belt.

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