QUESTION: -- Dear Sgt. DeVries,
I was surprised to read how little alcohol put Karen Stampfli over the limit, as revealed on the cover of North Shore News Aug. 1 (Lessons from a Drinking Driver). Is there some way we as individuals can test ourselves to know when our own drinking (or that of our house guests) is over the limit? I've seen pocket breathalyzers for sale, but these may not be accurate or calibrated the same way as police breathalyzers.
In the United States, if we are to believe the movies, a person who is attacked or robbed can choose "not to press charges." In Canada, I don't think we have that option. Is this correct?
With construction ongoing at Queen Mary elementary, clearly the school is not open. Do the signs on Keith Road that require you to slow down in school zones during school hours still apply? Do they apply in the summer, when school is out?
When one is caught with a couple of joints in a car, what does the law say about this, and how do the police respond on a day-to-day basis? At April's 4-20 event in Vancouver, every second person was smoking pot, and yet the police in the area were looking the other way.
A recent edition of Ask a Cop by Sgt. Peter DeVries (Time to Choose a Name for Your Buoy, June 20, North Shore News) was short on info when speaking about rules that apply when fishing for crab along the North Shore.
POLICE in North Vancouver are still on the hunt for a 14-tonne excavator that went missing from a construction site last week - the second to vanish this season.
I would like to answer another question that did not come in to the Ask A Cop column, but rather found its way across my desk this week. QUESTION:
With the sunny weather returning, we are seeing cyclists out in force on city streets and main thoroughfares. Is there a regulation in the Metro area on how a group of cyclists should conduct themselves on streets and main thoroughfares like Marine Drive? Can they ride two or three abreast and prevent cars from passing them?
Recently I was on the upper levels, between the Capilano and Westlynn exits, a two-lane-each-way section, and traffic was backed up. Eventually I arrived at the problem, a rear-ender accident where the "victim" car was already loaded on a trailer.
BEFORE I answer this week's question, let me first say thank you for your warm response to my last column asking for more questions.
TWO North Vancouver Mounties are being recognized as traffic all-stars after taking more than 200 drunk drivers off the road last year.
POLICE believe the dozens of vehicle break-ins that took place across the North Shore last week may be the work of one person or a small group.
POLICE have launched a criminal investigation after someone cut down as many as 35 mature trees in Capilano River Regional Park - possibly to improve a view.
A police officer is able to write a police report about a person, then have it entered on to a computer, which is then able to be shown and read by all police officers via what is called a PRIME report.