4 April 2019

DATE: 2019-04-03
Morinville RCMP – Theft of Telus Cable – Critical Infrastructure breach
Sometime overnight on March 29, 2019, unknown culprit(s) cut and stole 200 meters of Superior Essex BJAB Cel Fil TELUS (50 X 22) communication cable laying in the ditch North of Villeneuve airport. 

This communications cable has copper content that is desirable for the criminal element. TELUS is the only user of this Superior Essex brand of communication cable in Alberta and British Columbia.  The cable sheathing is black and contains 50 smaller colored wires at 22 gauge. There are also white numeric meter markings displayed along the exterior black sheathing of the stolen cable that is sequentially marked. The above markings are repetitively displayed on the cable spaced approximately one meter apart.

Most importantly this malicious theft has caused an outage with no availability to Emergency 911 and other potential emergency services for 147 customers and approximately 15 hours of outage time. TELUS view the cut of “live” communication cable as a critical infrastructure breach.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550 or your local police.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

File: 2019-433647 

Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association Poster Contest Awards Night

The annual Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association Poster Contest Awards Night will be held April 8, 2019 at the Namao Hall in Sturgeon County, for more information or to RSVP please email us at sturgeonrcwa@gmail.com

Poster Contest Award Night
Date  April 8, 2019
Time 6-8pm

Location  Namao Hall, Sturgeon County

3 April 2019

Sturgeon County Protective Services Statistics

Here are some of the stats for the last few months from Sturgeon County Protective Services (Enforcement Services)

                            Request for service      Violation Tickets   Traffic Warnings         
October                              297                           124                            65
November                          338                            191                         106
January                              245                              63                           36
February                             222                              62                           90                          

Election Sign Vandalism

Please watch for and report any election sign vandalism. We have had reports of a number of signs run over, damaged and removed from Sturgeon Valley Vista Estates and Hewitt Estates mailbox locations. Also along the highway west of Legal a large NDP  sign was run over and damaged.

If you have information about this incident, please call the
Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550 or your local police. 
If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).


In conjunction with the Alberta Traffic Safety Action Plan Morinville RCMP and it’s law enforcement partners will be focusing it’s attention on speeding related offences as well as any other high risk driving behaviour. Jurisdictions that will be enforced include Town of Morinville, Town of Bon Accord, Town of Gibbons, Alexander First Nations, Town of Legal, Hamlets within Sturgeon County, and the other roadways and highways within Sturgeon County.

With Spring now here children will be out and about in the playground areas. Please be aware.

·         Safety on Alberta roads is always our top priority.

·         We all have a stake in our efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads. Government, law enforcement and the many traffic safety partners are working together to find solutions. Drivers also need to realize the importance of the role they play too.
·         Speed limits save lives every day – maybe today it’s yours.
·         The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop. The faster you drive, the harder you hit.
·         By the time you realize you’re going too fast, it may be too late.
·         Speeding saves little time.
·         This is about getting to your destination safely.
·         When you slow down, you increase the safety of you and your passengers as well as other road users.

Driving a few km/h over the posted speed limit:
·         Reduces your ability to steer safely around curves or objects on the road.
·         Decreases your field of vision and your peripheral vision.
·         Extends the distance required to stop your vehicle in emergency situations.
·         Reduces your ability to obey traffic control devices such as red lights and stop signs.
·         Increases the chance that you will lose control of your vehicle.
·         Reduces the effectiveness of seatbelts and other safety devices such as airbags and side impact beams.
·         Increases the probability of death or injury if there is a crash.
·         Reduces the effectiveness of roadside hardware such as barriers, crash cushions and bridge rails.

·         The speed limit in both urban and rural school zones is 30 km/h and is in effect on school days from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless other times are posted by the municipality.     
·         The speed limit in a playground zone is 30 km/h and is in effect from 8:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset.
·         A vehicle is not permitted to pass another vehicle travelling in the same direction in either school or playground zones during the times these zones are in effect.
Emergency vehicles and construction zones:  
·         Motorists must slow to 60 km/h, or less if the posted speed is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped with their lights flashing. Fines for speeding in these areas will be double the regular amount.
·         If there are two or more traffic lanes in the same direction as the emergency vehicle or tow truck, passing vehicles need only slow down in the lane immediately beside the stopped emergency vehicle. Vehicles travelling in other lanes, including oncoming lanes, may maintain their speed but should proceed with caution.
·         Emergency vehicles include fire, police, ambulance, tow trucks, and a vehicle used by a gas disconnection unit of a public utility or a designated emergency response unit.
·         In construction zones, motorists must observe the posted speed. When workers are present, fines for speeding in these areas will be doubled. This is where workers are on or near the road, operating heavy equipment, directing traffic, or using hand tools within the construction zone. Drivers need to look out for workers who are behind construction equipment and less visible.
What percentage of fatal crashes involve speeding?
Almost three out of every ten fatal crashes are the result of driving at a speed unsafe for the prevailing road conditions.

What does the maximum speed limit mean?
Posted speed limits are the maximum speeds permitted if conditions are favourable.

What can you do?
·         Obey all posted speed limits on roads as well as in school zones and playground areas, construction zones, and when passing emergency vehicles.
·         Use common sense—slow down in bad weather, at night, and when driving on poorly lit roads.
·         Slow down on unfamiliar roads.

Morinville RCMP is asking that the public please take the above information seriously.  Our hope is to have everyone travel our roadways in a safe and responsible manner.