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Valley Journal Advertiser - 2021-11-23

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A public tip led police to arrest and charge a 23-yearold Woodville man with impaired driving on Nov. 18. In a recent news release, Kings District RCMP said officers responded to a call from a concerned citizen about a suspicious vehicle on Lovett Road in Coldbrook around 2 a.m. on Nov. 18. Police said officers observed the driver displaying signs of impairment after approaching the vehicle. Mounties also found drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken back to the RCMP station to provide breath samples which came back over the legal limit. The man was released from custody and will appear in Kentville provincial court to answer impaired driving charges at a later date. A 41-year-old Bishopville man on a nationwide driving ban was arrested and charged for impaired driving after police stopped him for speeding excessively in Avonport. In a recent news release, Southwest Nova RCMP Traffic Services said on Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m., officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Highway 101 when an east-bound vehicle was clocked travelling at 166 kilometres per hour in a 100 km/h zone near Exit 9. Police stopped the vehicle and suspected the man was impaired by alcohol. Officers then learned the man also had a driving prohibition for a previous impaired driving charge. Police arrested the man for impaired driving, and he provided breath samples that were more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with impaired driving and impaired operation of a vehicle with a blood alcohol level exceeding 80 mg. Police also issued a ticket for stunting, which carries a fine of $2,422.50, along with a 90-day alcohol-related administrative driving suspension. His vehicle was also seized. The man was released and is set to appear in Kentville provincial court on Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. The vice-president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is pushing for the federal government to offer financial support to municipalities across the country for the cost of RCMP services. In a recent news release, Geoff Stewart said significant and unbudgeted costs linked to the RCMP bargaining agreement are having significant financial impact on municipalities. “Maintaining effective police services is a top priority,” he said. “Yet, municipalities cannot run deficits and we have limited revenue tools, and the recent bargaining agreement between the federal government and National Police Federation has left municipalities across the country with unexpected costs. We need support from the federal government.” He said municipalities were advised to prepare for an estimated 2.5 per cent per year increase, which turned out to be below the final agreement’s 23.7 per cent increase over six years, with retroactive pay going back to 2017. Now, most local governments, especially those in rural areas, are facing concerns about how to pay those costs. “We’re asking the federal government to absorb all retroactive costs associated with the implementation of the new RCMP collective agreement,” Stewart said. Canadian municipalities call for federal support Woodville man charged with impaired driving Alleged impaired driver on nationwide driving ban arrested

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