Ashcroft RCMP Detachment Police Report: Drive to conditions

A driver who went off the road near Ashcroft is being charged with a violation for not driving to conditions in slippery weather.

Don’t drowse and drive

On January 5, a vehicle went off-road to the left into a field in the 16 Mile area of Highway 97 north. No injuries were reported, and fatigue was a factor.

On January 7, a driver was stopped during a routine traffic stop for erratic driving in the 16 Mile area, was deemed to be very tired, and was warned to obtain some sleep before proceeding any further. This is a reminder that rest stops are provided on our highways for use if a person is feeling the effects of fatigue. It is better to get some rest than risk a crash!

Don’t turn your back

On January 5, a woman reported her purse had been taken out of her shopping cart while she was shopping in Safety Mart in Ashcroft. The purse was located with all its contents in the snow near the Interior Savings Credit Union. The suspect was described as a small-framed female wearing all-black clothing. The suspect was not located. This incident is a reminder to all to keep control of personal belongings, as things can happen quickly when one’s back is turned.

Do drive to conditions

On January 8, a single vehicle crash occurred on Highway 97C near Kirkland Ranch Road, Ashcroft. A vehicle lost control on the downhill, crossed the road, and rolled into the ditch. The roads at the time were slippery and freshly snow-covered. No injuries were reported, but two passengers went to hospital as a precaution. A traffic violation was issued for Speed Relative to the Conditions.

For any information on the above listed files, please contact the Ashcroft RCMP at (250) 453-2216, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).