There were 106 calls for service between Oct. 28 and Nov. 2.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Wright called Halloween an “awesome night.” Six police officers were out until 10 p.m., after that there were four. There were no major incidents or major acts of vandalism.
“(There were) lots of kids out but it was a very fun night to be out. Everyone had a good time, it was very safe — the fire hall looked like it was the busiest they’ve ever had and that helped contribute to a safe Halloween.”
Wright also tipped his hat to the Safe Halloween committee, which the RCMP participates in, who raised funds for the two nights of haunted house activities. People were so well-behaved he said he didn’t even hear a single swear word. The police station was handing out candy and ran out after going through four boxes, and some teenagers even volunteered their candy to the younger children.
Police have started up their holiday road checks for impaired driving. On the weekend, six drivers were caught over the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08.
“That’s significant, obviously the message isn’t getting through,” said Wright.
The drivers were subject to the immediate roadside prohibition program that was implemented last fall.
Anyone over the legal limit has their driver’s license taken away on the spot for 90 days and their vehicle impounded for 30 days. They also have to pay about $700 minimum for towing and storage fees, an administrative penalty of $500, $250 to get their license back, and $800 to enroll in a anti-drunk-driving program.
On November 7, 2011 shortly before 7:30 pm, the Sooke RCMP received multiple 9-1-1 calls
reporting a single vehicle roll-over crash on Sooke Road at Woodlands Road.
Upon arrival, police officers and BC Ambulance Service crews found the lone occupant of the vehicle partially ejected through the windshield of the overturned vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo. Roads were wet at the time of the crash, with light rain falling.
The 58 year woman, a Sooke resident, was extricated from the vehicle by the Fire Department. She was transported to Victoria General Hospital by Advanced Life Support Ambulance, for treatment of serious injuries.
An RCMP Collision Analyst attended, and conducted a thorough investigation of the crash scene. Alcohol & drug impairment is not suspected. Seatbelt usage remains under examination by the Analyst.
Sooke road was closed for several hours while the driver was extricated, and the investigation conducted. A detour was in place for motorists.
There was a a minor car accident involving two cars on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. at Sooke Road and Lazzar Road. There was alcohol involved and a man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
There were no breakins to either businesses or residences over this period. There was one report of vandalism — a large election sign was taken down and drawn on.
“We should remind everyone that it’s illegal under the criminal code to vandalize election signs or even tamper with them.”