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Morinville

Police briefs

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Bar break-in

Morinville RCMP responded to a commercial alarm at Shotgun Sally’s on the corner of 100 Avenue and 100 Street Aug. 1 at approximately 3:56 a.m. On arrival, police observed entry had been gained through the back door of the business… […]

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Morinville

Collision scenario drives impaired driving message home

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – High school students were given a real-time demonstration of the dangers of drinking and driving Tuesday afternoon. Sirens screamed through the streets behind Morinville Community High School (MCHS) as police, paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene of a two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of one teenager and sent three others to hospital with undisclosed injuries. One student actor was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged with impaired driving.

The only upside to Tuesday’s student tragedy is the fact the deceased took off the theatrical makeup and walked away, the injured students will returned to class uninjured, and the impaired student’s charge was purely for show… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: I’ll kill your whole family if you let me

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

It is 10:55 on a Wednesday night. I’ve drunk an entire bottle of wine in an hour and am three sheets to the wind. I’ll kill your whole family in a terrible car accident if you let me behind the wheel. My motor skills are clumsy and my thought processes are all over the map. I’m completely inebriated and in absolutely no condition to drive… […]

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Local News

Candy Cane Check Stop seeks educate on the dangers of impaired driving

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Motorists travelling along 100 Avenue can expect a momentary delay and a candy cane this Friday. The Town of Morinville will be bringing together emergency service professionals for a Candy Cane Check Stop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 in front of Town Hall.

David Schaefer, Morinville’s Director of Corporate Operations, said the event is an opportunity for all emergency services to be out on the street passing out candy canes and passing on the message that Christmas season is… […]

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Province

Penalties not limits change

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The province’s next phase in its impaired driving legislation took effect Sept. 1, but there is still some confusion on what has changed. Under the new legislation police can issue stiffer penalties for drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) between .05 and .08… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: View from the academy – A new perspective on impaired drivers

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

I watched a woman drink an entire bottle of wine by herself Monday night. Drink after drink she consumed the alcohol until the bottle was empty. She was still standings, and although her words were not overly slurred or her stride too wobbly, there was a certain cockiness in her that wasn’t there when the bottle was still corked… […]

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Local News

New impaired driving legislation passes

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – Bill 26, the Traffic Safety Amendment Act, 2011 passed Dec. 26, opening the door to increased penalties for those drink and drive. The comprehensive impaired driving legislation aims to keep drivers who drink from getting behind the wheel by changing behaviours through enforcement balanced with education, prevention and monitoring, according to the province… […]

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Morinville

RCMP sees six impaired charges in two weekends

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – RCMP laid another two impaired driving charges over the Oct. 21 weekend, bringing the two weekend total to six. Police issued four impaired charges over the Oct. 14 weekend. These figures do not include additional 24-hour suspensions… […]

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Province

August long weekend results in more than 3,000 charges

Reading Time: 1 minuteBy MorinvilleNews.com staff

Edmonton – Law enforcement was out in full force over the August long weekend, pulling over vehicles on provincial highways for a number of infractions. RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs issued approximately 764 fewer violations than they did during the same weekend in 2010. The holiday weekend netted 3,290 charges this year, compared with 4,054 charges in 2010… […]