Oceanside Community Safety patrollers and Block Watch participants remind you to help lock out auto crime.
On March 31, 2016, the Oceanside RCMP received a suspicious complaint, possibly extortion. The complainant, a local businessman in our community advised that he received and opened an unknown email and his computer immediately locked up with a virus. A message appeared on the screen saying that some of his documents were locked and if he wanted the documents unlocked he would have to pay for their release. The local police were subsequently contacted and investigation revealed that unfortunately the sender of the email was not traceable and may have been out of the Middle East.
Arrest someone, fight with them, throw them in jail and see them through to penalty in criminal court seems to be business as usual for the police, but write someone a traffic ticket and it's like you've called their mother a bad name. Very few drivers hang their heads, apologize for their mistake and said hand over my ticket, I'll do better next time. Those people do exist and probably receive the benefit of a doubt more often but those that don't wind up asking me for dispute advice in the DriveSmartBC discussion forums.
Drivers who admit to an error are willing to pay the price of the ticket as long as they don't get any penalty points. This is often heard prior to the commencement of traffic court if the issuing officer makes inquiries among the disputants. The trouble is, if you plead not guilty and are found to be, the justice presiding has no control over penalty points. They are assessed by ICBC in response to the conviction.
1) 2016-2669 On April 2nd, a theft from vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 300 block of Meadowview Place in Parksville. The complainant advised that sometime during the early hours her unlocked vehicle was rummaged through and her purse was stolen. The purse was later found abandoned in the 100 block of Weld Street in Parksville.
1) 2016-2596 On March 31st, a theft from vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 1000 block of Resort Drive in Parksville. The complainant advised that during the early hours culprits entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS, a garage door opener and approximately $20.00 in change.
Road ConstructionWhat construction zone? I didn't see any signs back there! This irate motorist was very definite expressing what she thought about the traffic ticket I was issuing her for speeding in a construction zone. I suggested that once we were done I would be happy to help her make a U-turn so that she could go back and check on the signs.
I knew that there was more than one large orange warning sign with flapping red flags in addition to the temporary speed limit sign leading to where I had stopped her. She accepted my offer and that was the last time I saw her. No doubt she saw them the second time past and decided not to dispute the ticket.
One job that should be on your spring chore list is to borrow an electric engraver from your local Community Safety Office, so you can mark your possessions in case of theft. The engravers are easy to use and are available for loan, free of charge, at both Community Safety Offices listed in the left column.
Every once in a while a visitor to DriveSmartBC will pose a question that makes me go “hmm...” This week brought one of those moments with the query “Does a driver supervisor have to be sane?” Without thinking, my response was that of course a supervisor would have to be sane, but after I thought about it, the only thing that a supervisor requires is a minimum age and a valid driver's licence.
I would expect that a driver supervisor would have sufficient driving skill to effectively guide a new driver while they learn to drive. This person would be paying the same attention to the road as they would be when driving themselves. They would actively guide the learner during the drive if necessary and take opportunities to teach when they presented themselves.
Many Canadians are concerned about how to manage their money, property, and finances as they age or as life changes take place. They may worry about what will happen if they become unable to deal with their own finances. It is a good idea to plan ahead for a time when you may need help managing your affairs.
I grew up in a small town where there were no sidewalks unless you counted 4 sides from 3 blocks downtown. As children, we didn't pay much attention to the rule that required us to walk on the left facing oncoming traffic but we did make sure that we were on the edge or even off of the pavement when a vehicle drove by. Most neighbourhood streets were our playgrounds and we shared with other road users as the need arose.
1) 2016-2025 On March 10th, a theft from vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 3700 block of Alberni Highway in Whiskey Creek. The complainant advised that while in a store culprits entered his unlocked truck and stole an undisclosed quantity of cash.