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Rimbey RCMP remind gun-owners of gun transportation laws and safety

In the last week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 53 calls for service.

These files include, but are not limited to five mischief and or damage to property complaints, seven thefts of property or vehicles, one break and enter, one fraud, one Liquor act, one suspicious person or vehicle, one disturbing of the peace, and four traffic collisions.

On May 25, police received a call about a shotgun found outside of a hotel. When police arrived they found the loaded shotgun. An arrest was made and a male was taken into custody for possession of a loaded firearm and for being in possession of a firearm when prohibited from doing so.

With this in mind, the RCMP reminds everyone of safe firearm storage for both home and travel.

When storing or displaying your firearms at home, keep them locked and unloaded. Do not display them with or near ammunition. The ammunition does not need to be locked up, but does need to be kept separate or in a different room than the firearm.

When travelling we would recommend you keep your ammunition in a lock box and your gun out of sight of the public.

In Alberta it is not against the law to travel with your unloaded firearm in plain sight, however, this can draw unwanted attention from those who are uncomfortable with guns. If you are transporting a firearm and leave the vehicle with the firearm unattended, you need to cover the firearm or store it out of sight and lock your vehicle to prevent theft.

A trigger guard for your firearm while travelling is recommended but not the law.

For more information on how to properly store a restricted firearm search, “Alberta’s Chief Firearms Office.”

On the evening of May 25, police, fire and local emergency medical services crews were called to a scene of a vehicle collision and rollover at Range Road 12 and Highway 53. There were injuries but no fatalities reported as a result of the collision but a traffic analyst was called out and Highway 53 was partially shut down. An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the collision.

Construction zone on Highway 20

RCMP are reminding drivers to obey construction zone signs at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 12 at the roundabout near Bentley. This will hopefully cut down on the many serious vehicle collisions that have occurred at that intersection due to speeding, failing to obey stop signs or failing to yield.

The construction zone is four kilometres long and will continue through the summer until October 30. At this point the zone has you slowing down to 80 km/h, then to 50 km/h but over the next few weeks, it will have drivers slowing down to 30 km/h and be brought down to one-lane travel. There will be a flag person to help control the one-way traffic.

Please make time for this delay while travelling to work or to appointments. Speeding through construction zones is not tolerated and any speeding fine incurred is doubled. As a reminder, it is also illegal to pass in a construction zone.

Most of the zone is a solid double line as it involves a large intersection but we have noticed passing has occurred anyways. This puts the workers at extreme risk. It is never worth your life or the life of another person only to reach your destination two to five minutes sooner than you would have originally.

Construction has also started on Range Road 25 (Lockhart road). They are working on widening the road but at this time the road is narrow with sharp edges. Construction on Range Road 25 is expected to last all summer, most likely till the end of September or October.

If you have information on any crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smartphone. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.

There is Online Crime Reporting recently made available by downloading the Alberta RCMP app. This is a fast and easy way to report a crime you know to have occurred. This method of reporting is for non-emergencies only. If it is an urgent request or an emergency, please call 911.