Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

(Up to October 27, 2007)

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week its been here in the Ridge. What would you do if you won a million bucks? How about 10 mil? Everybody wants to get rich quick, but nobody wants to put in the effort. So, instead of trying to scam the markets or your neighbor, let me fill you in on a tried and true get rich quick scheme. By the way, this is totally legal. In order to get you to read and follow the instructions, Ill tell you a story.

When ?Bert? found out that he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided that he needed a woman to enjoy it with. So, one evening he went to a singles bar and spotted the most beautiful woman that he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. ?I may look like just an ordinary man,? he said as he walked up to her, ?but in just a month or two, my father will die, and Ill inherit 20 million dollars.? Impressed, the woman went home with him that evening and, three days later, she became his stepmother.

I told you. It works….and its legal! I can hear it now, ?Here Sugar Daddy Daddy. Come on Sugar Daddy Daddy. Come to Momma.?

OK, OK, lets get to work and see whats been shaking in this fair hamlet.

I attended a ?Road Health? conference last week in Prince George. The entire conference centered on the significant health impacts of motor vehicle accidents. For example, let me give you a few stats that were shared at the conference.

Over one million people (world wide) are killed each year in car crashes, and over two million are injured. Northern Health spends 20% of its annual budget on initial treatment of those involved in a car accident. On average, initial treatment costs $16,000+ in health care funds. Heres the one that struck me….if you live in the north, you are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident than if you lived in the south of the province.

Now, lets talk about vehicle rollovers. Only 3% of ALL accidents are rollovers. However, they account for 28% of ALL fatalities. If you want to get involved in an accident, talk on your cell phone. Studies have shown that 5 minutes before you make a call until 15 minutes after you hang up is the most dangerous.

You know all of those warnings about not drinking and driving, right? It appears as though the message is getting through, however the law of unintended consequences is beginning to kick in. The majority of pedestrians killed by cars were impaired. Thats right, dont drink and walk! In fact, there is some very serious consideration to banning alcohol at major sporting/entertainment events. This is being driven out of studies from the Lower Mainland. Transport Canada, when they investigate roadway deaths, peg the value a of a human life at $1.2 million dollars. See? Youre richer than you think.

These are just a few of the highlights that were gleaned from the first hour of the conference. There are a ton of agencies working together who are trying to mitigate the carnage on the highways. It was a very valuable conference, and I will be sharing more with you in upcoming articles.

So, youre not going to drive or walk drunk. Youre going to be a good boy or girl and not talk on the phone while driving. So youre safe, right? Wrong. Now comes the stats that I really want to talk to you about. Wildlife. In fact wildlife concerns specifically for Tumbler Ridge.

In 1996 only 7 deer were smeared. By 2005 that number rose to 25. These are the number of deer hits reported, it does not include the myriad of deer hits NOT reported. Deer account for 69% of all wildlife collisions, Moose account for the rest. In 1996 about 60 moose were hit. That number increase to over 200 in 2005. Thats an increase of over 230%.

So whens a good time to hit a deer? October. Anytime from 6-7 AM or from 5-8 PM. So, you dont want to smack a deer, how about a moose? Well, for best results, wait until November…anytime between 7-8 AM or 6-7 PM. Lets talk about some ?Moose Myths.? (Try saying that with no front teeth/dentures.) Mooth eyeths dont reflect headlight beamths the thame asth deer eyeths. Wrong! Moose eyes do reflect light. And moose are very active at night, especially the young ones. Mom and Dad might be in bed, but junior is out until all hours.

Man alive, I barely got started and now Im out of room. For more Moose Myths, go to wildlifecollisions.ca and check out a ton of very good info that could save your life. I have a considerable amount of timely information that I want to share with you in this regard and in a host of other related items. The best way to do this is at a community meeting.

I will be hosting a community meeting on November 20th , or 21st. Or it could be on the 23rd or 22nd. Or maybe towards the end of November. The meeting will start at 6 or 7 PM sharp, or maybe 6:30 PM. One thing I know, is that it will be at the Community Centre. I WILL let you know next week. For sure, for sure. Honest.

Well talk again next week the Good Lord willing.