3 March 2017

Outboard Boat Engines Theft & Seatbelts!

Break Enter, and Theft of Outboard Boat Engines - Gibbons, Alberta
On February 27, 2017 at approximately 3:50 a.m. suspects broke into a fenced compound belonging to Gibbons Motor Toys, located at 5009 50 Avenue in Gibbons Alberta, and stole several outboard boat engines. The suspect vehicle and associated utility trailer were captured on video surveillance. The suspect vehicle is described as a grey or silver S.U.V. towing a light duty single axle utility trailer.  

Attached is a photo of the suspect vehicle and trailer.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

March is Occupant Restraint Month
March is Occupant Restraint Safety month and the RCMP will be partnering with other local organizations to ensure that the general public is complying with all Occupant Restraint laws.
According to the Alberta Motor Association “the use of a seat belt is perhaps the most effective way of reducing injury severity and likelihood of fatalities among vehicle occupants involved in a crash.  In a large number of fatal crashes in Alberta, the victims were not wearing seat belts.  Canadian statistics show that 40 per cent of those killed and 20 per cent of those injured on Canada’s roads do not use seat belts.”
When a vehicle stops suddenly in a crash, any unrestrained articles or people continue traveling at the same speed until they hit the dashboard, windshield or another object inside the vehicle.  Seat belts prevent death and serious injuries to occupants of light duty motor vehicles in potentially fatal collisions 39 to 60 per cent of the time.  This varies depending on the type and size of vehicle and where the person is seated.
Seat belts are designed to fit adults, not children!  The proper use of a child seat has been shown to reduce the likelihood of a child being injured or killed in a crash by as much as 75 per cent. 
According to the law in Alberta, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the passengers under 16 years of age are buckled up correctly.  For children under 40 lbs (18 kg) or under 6 years of age, the law states the following:
·         An appropriate child seat must be used.
·         The child safety seat must be correctly installed in the vehicle.
·         The child must be properly secured into the seat.
Key resources include:
·         The instructions that came with their child safety or booster seat.
·         The instructions contained in their vehicle owners manual.
·         A series of Child Safety Seat YES Tests – rear-facing, forward facing or booster seat-that are self-check tools for choosing, installing and using a child safety seat or booster seat.
Infants and children rely on their parents and caregivers to make every ride a safe ride.  Using the available resources, parents and caregivers can make sure they have the right seat and are using it correctly every time.
RCMP request that all drivers take responsibility for not only their safety but for the safety of everyone who are using our Highways.

courtesy of MorinvilleNews.com
by Morinville News Staff

RCMP and their partners will be keeping an eye out for those who fail to buckle up this month, March’s focus under the province’s Traffic Safety Calendar.

Police say although statistics show the majority of drivers are wearing seatbelts, some drivers either avoid compliance altogether or are inconsistent in their use of occupant restraints.

In 2016, Integrated Traffic Units (ITU) issued 10,502 tickets to drivers and passengers in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions for not wearing a seatbelt. RCMP say from 2009 to 2014, approximately 2,499 people died or suffered serious injuries in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions due to not using the proper restraint at the time of the collision.

“Putting on your seatbelt or using a child safety seat isn’t just the law, it’s also the smart thing to do,” said Inspector Steve Daley, Acting Officer-in-Charge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services in a release Mar. 1. “Seatbelts improve your chances of surviving a serious or fatal crash by 50%, so make sure you’re protecting yourself and your passengers by buckling up every time,”
The fine for not wearing a seatbelt or not using a safety seat is $155.

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This message is made possible by the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association in partnership with the Morinville RCMP.

If you have any information in respect to any crime or criminal activity, please call the Morinville RCMP at 
780-939-4520 or Toll Free at 780-459-7689.