Police Focus on Distracted Driving

Hits: 425 In January the Police focused on pedestrian safety – I would like to report that they reduced the number of pedestrians crossing on a red light or jaywalking but given the extra-cold January I did very little walking in the month and certainly saw no foot patrolling police or anyone warned.  Perhaps they can repeat this program in mid-summer.  But in February their “Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) for the month of February will focus on distracted driving in Cobourg.”  They quote scary figures by the CAA on how “Drivers engaged in visual-manual interactions with cell phones (e.g., texting) are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash” and “Drivers conversing on mobile devices,… Read complete articlePolice Focus on Distracted Driving

RIDE Program and Pedestrian Patrol

Hits: 158 Drivers in Cobourg are getting the message – out of 3,765 drivers checked over the period from 21st November to the end of December 2017, there were only two arrests, two suspensions, five tickets and 23 warnings.  That’s a total of 32 offenses or 0.8% of total checked.  On January 2nd, Police issued a report giving these details and said that “Cobourg Police Officers and Special Constables conducted R.I.D.E. Checks by setting up checkpoints at various Town of Cobourg roadway locations and by conducting roving R.I.D.E. checks with traffic stops.“   On January 3rd, Police said that their Select Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) project for January will be focused on Pedestrians – also using Police Officers and Special Constables…. Read complete articleRIDE Program and Pedestrian Patrol

Police Reports – November 2017

Hits: 552 Cobourg Police go to some trouble to communicate with the public – they have a Twitter account, a Facebook account, a web site, an interactive incident map and regular press releases (more on these below).  In most cases, they serve to show that there is not much major crime in Cobourg.  This past week was a little busier than usual with 211 service calls ranging from 11 vehicle accidents to 5 assaults.  Details for all incidents are not provided but instead a “summary” is provided with limited details on some of them.  The Social Media accounts are mostly used for preaching (enjoy your weekend safely) or social announcements (Skate with Police Food Drive) but the interactive incident map (crimeplot)… Read complete articlePolice Reports – November 2017

Two dead after shooting in Cobourg Hospital

Hits: 703 Cobourg Police report that “on Friday October 27, 2017, at about 11:08PM, officers of the Cobourg Police service were dispatched to Northumberland Hills Hospital. As a result of the incident, the provincial Special  Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified, and they have invoked their mandate to investigate.”  SIU report that two people are dead – seemingly one man being shot by Police and a woman  seemingly shot by the man.  It all happened in the Emergency room.  Because of the shooting by Police, the SIU has been called in to investigate.  Only limited information is available at this time – below is the SIU Press Release. SIU Report The province’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding a… Read complete articleTwo dead after shooting in Cobourg Hospital