The Carlyle RCMP responded to several calls from Thursday, Feb. 22 to Thursday, March 1.
Corporal James Barnett of the Carlyle detachment says that during this period, police dealt with an especially concerning sitiation.
“On a weekday at about 9 a.m., a semi-truck driver hit the ditch on Hwy 9,” says Cpl. Barnett. “This individual was impaired by alcohol, but not to the extent where charges could be laid. However, members issued a 72-hour driving suspension.”
“I don't need to point out the potential danger of this situation. However, the RCMP would like to remind all drivers that driving while impaired is not only illegal, it could result in tragedy. Please, please don't drink and drive.”
Several calls of a non-emergency nature were received by the RCMP this week.
“Carlyle RCMP continue to welcome public engagement and calls with regards to community policing and safety,” says Cpl. Barnett. “However, calling 911 and/or the detachment with regard to parenting issues puts a strain on police resources.”
“Recently, the Carlyle detachment received a call from a parent asking us to assist them in getting their child to school,” he explains. “While we understand the parent's frustration, these types of events are not a police matter.”
Break and enter
The Wawota Forum (arena) was broken into. Police are currently investigating and ask that anyone with any information call the Carlyle RCMP detachment at: (306)-453-6707.
Child Welfare Act
Police dealt with one file under the Child Welfare Act.
Members are currently conducting a drug investigation stemming from a call regarding a residence in Redvers. While police were at the residence regarding another offence, they found a small quantity of a controlled substance.
Members attended to alarms going off in error this week - two in Carlyle, one in the Carlyle area and one in Redvers.
Cpl. Barnett says that reports of attempted fraud are once again on the increase.
“I would like to remind everyone to be especially cautious regarding their personal information,” he says. “Do not give out any personal information - especially on the phone. And ignore calls from unfamiliar phone numbers. Anyone reputable will leave you a voice mail or get in touch in another way. Please do not call these numbers back, either.”
Members dealt with two reports of harassment this week - one in Manor and one in Wawota.
“Many disputes we encounter are between neighbours,” says Cpl. Barnett. “Often these escalate and if they continue to escalate, events can lead to criminal charges.”
“With regard to some of these disputes, I'd like to remind people of what my mother used to say to me,” he smiles. “'If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.'”
Mental Health Act
RCMP responded to one call under the Mental Health Act.
Carlyle RCMP have responded to calls from area Rural Municipalities reporting heavy truck traffic on roads that are not designated for these vehicles.
“We would ask on behalf on the R.M.s that drivers stick to roads designated for their vehicle weight,” says Cpl. Barnett. “The damage caused to roads by these vehicles is an extra expense for area R.M.s and the damage to roads and the repairs also inconvenience other drivers.”
A youth was held in custody and appeared in court. This matter concerns damage to a store window at Kings Department Store in Carlyle.
Carlyle RCMP are currently investigating two reports of sexual assault.
In addition to the impaired semi-truck driver mentioned earler in this report, RCMP responded to another motor vehicle accident involving a driver's alcohol consumption. This case resulted in an individual having to be transported to hospital in Regina with injuries.
RCMP members have responded to four incidents involving impaired drivers operating motor vehicles during the past two weeks.
A motorist hit a moose. Fortunately, this person was not injured, but their vehicle was “a write-off,” according to Cpl. Barnett. “There is a lot of wildlife on the road this time of year. We urge drivers to be aware and to adjust their driving speed accordingly.”
A traffic collision in Wawota did not result in injuries.
“The Carlyle Traffic Unit is currently concentrating on both stop sign and cell phone violations,” says Cpl. Barnett. “Stop means stop. And we'd also like to remind motorists that you don't have to be actively using a cell phone while driving to be charged with an offence. If you're holding it in your hand or otherwise manipulating it, that can result in charges.”
Sixteen speeding violations occurred this week, with fines reaching $214.
Three motorists were fined $580 each for driving an unregistered vehicle.