Watch: Great Back To School Road Safety Tips From Peterborough Police's Traffic Sergeant

It's that time of year again, as student and school bus safety becomes paramount.

Peterborough Police want you to have a safe and happy school year ahead, and that includes being extra diligent in school safety zones.

Traffic Sergeant Ryan Wilson

Traffic Sergeant Ryan Wilson

Peterborough Police Traffic Sergeant Ryan Wilson provides great back-to-school tips for motorists with you in this video he filmed with us.

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City Of Peterborough Issues Release Regarding Weather Forecast & Wellbeing Of Those Living In Tent City

The City of Peterborough, which is looking for a new space for overflow shelter beds in the city, has issued a release regarding the 7-day forecast as concern grows for the wellbeing of those living in the Tent City at Victoria Park.

“The 7-day forecast includes a strong probability of thunderstorms and extreme heat,” the media release says. “A very large branch recently fell close to tents in Victoria Park. With the number of large trees in Victoria Park, it, along with any City park, can be unsafe during a thunderstorm. For your own safety, we urge those who have alternative places to go that are indoors to please move to alternative shelter.”

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The City is asking people not to camp in the park. “If you are homeless, check with emergency shelters (Brock Mission, Cameron House and YES) daily as bed availability changes every day and talk to our outreach workers who are committed to assisting you in accessing alternative shelter.”

While emergency shelters and overflow shelter beds are currently needed, the City recognizes that:

  • Housing first is the goal rather than people living in shelters

  • Living in a tent is not a safe and stable option for you

  • Living in a tent does not provide you with the access to the services and supports that we want everyone in our community to be able to access

  • Public spaces are shared by the entire community.

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Pilots Spot Drones In Close Proximity To Aircraft At Peterborough Airport

Twice last week at the Peterborough Airport, drones were spotted by pilots in close proximity to aircraft while they were flying around the airport, according to Peterborough Police.

“This is a concern for the safety of the aircraft and the safety of the pilots,” says Lisa Davidson, Peterborough Airport Manager. “If a drone is struck in flight, resulting in a mid-air collision, it could cause the pilot to lose control of the aircraft, or seriously damage the plane causing an emergency situation.”

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“The safety at the airport is jeopardized every time a person operates a drone, disregarding the rules that allow both planes and drones to operate safely,” adds Davidson. “Drones are not allowed to be operated within 5.6 km of an airport.”

The drone was spotted at approximately 1000′ above the ground both times it was spotted and was operating dangerously close to aircraft flying in the circuit.

“In one instance the drone was noted to be black and orange in colour with flashing lights, which shows how close the drone was to the pilot in that case,” says Davidson. In both instances, Peterborough Police were called and responded to the airport to assist with trying to find the location of the drone operator.

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“Flying drones in close proximity to an airport and other aircraft is extremely dangerous, irresponsible and illegal,” says Inspector John Lyons, Operations Division, Peterborough Police Service.

“We encourage anyone with information regarding persons engaged in this behaviour to contact police or Crime Stoppers,” adds Lyons.

Transport Canada states that drones are aircraft—which makes the person operating the drone a pilot. When flying the drone, you’re sharing the skies with other drones and aircraft. Before flying, the public needs to understand the rules. For more information on drone safety, click here.

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BREAKING: All School Buses Cancelled For Monday Due To Extreme Cold

BREAKING NEWS: The STSCO has put out the following notice regarding busing on Monday, January 21st…

“Monday January 21, 2019 - Please be advised that, due to extremely cold temperatures and high wind chills, and out of concern for the safety of students waiting for buses, all school transportation services for PVNC, KPR and Mon Avenir will be cancelled for Peterborough, Northumberland, Clarington and Campbellford areas served by STSCO. All schools remain open. “

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TLDSB also tweeted out that all buses have been cancelled in their areas due to the dangerous cold weather…

RELATED: How The STSCO Makes The Decision On School Bus Cancellations

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Peterborough Police Canines K9 Wolfe And K9 Hal Days From Retirement

After serving the community for the past five years, K9 Wolfe (partner Constable Tim Fish) and K9 Hal (partner Constable Sam McCullum) are retiring from our K9 Unit at the end of this year, Peterborough Police Service says in a Facebook post.

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“In just a few more days they will retire from active duty and begin enjoying retirement living inside their partner's home,” police say.

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Police thank Constable McCullum and K9 Hal along with Constable Fish and K9 Wolfe for their dedication and hard work in serving Peterborough, Lakefield and Cavan Monaghan.

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Let's Look Out For Each Other In This Approaching Heat Wave

Peterborough Public Health has issued its first heat warning of the season, with daytime highs in the low to mid-thirties forecast and humidex values in the mid-forties. Overnight low temperatures will only fall to the low twenties, providing little or no relief from the heat.

The heat event is expected to start Saturday, June 30th and extend through to late next week. Peterborough Public Health asks that you remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours—especially seniors who live on their own—to make sure they are alright.

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Extreme heat events are a potentially significant health risk and can have a severe impact on the health of vulnerable populations including infants, the elderly, shut-ins, persons with chronic diseases, the morbidly obese and the marginally housed.

The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

-> Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This decreases your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
 

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Peterborough Paramedics First in North America To Pilot Next Generation Integrated Driving Experience

Crestline Coach and Ferno Canada have announced that Peterborough Paramedics—which serve the County and City of Peterborough—will be the first EMS Service in North America to pilot the ACETECH iN∫COMMAND solution.

Photo courtesy Peterborough County

Photo courtesy Peterborough County

Crestline in partnership with Ferno customized three New Era ambulances for Peterborough Paramedics to meet the specific needs of their EMS service.

HOW THE iN∫COMMAND SOLUTION WORKS

-> It is the ultimate control center designed to provide emergency service operators full control of the ambulance by managing and monitoring auxiliary controls and safety equipment from a single touchscreen device.
-> This comprehensive and user-friendly interface optimizes performance by providing access to vital information in real-time and improved asset management.
-> The customizable touchscreen makes operation effortless, easy to view and ultra-responsive even while wearing medical gloves.

Photo courtesy Peterborough County

Photo courtesy Peterborough County

“My vision for these vehicles is based on my belief that technology is evolving at such speed that we need to be futuristic in our approach to vehicle design," says Peterborough County-City Paramedics Chief Randy Mellow.

The Paramedics Chiefs of Canada (PCC) get the first glimpse of Peterborough’s state of the art ambulance at the annual PCC Leadership Summit & Conference beginning Wednesday (June 13th) in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Peterborough Police Participating In Gun Amnesty Program

The Peterborough Police Service is participating in this year’s Gun Amnesty program in April. The service is one of many police services across the Province, including the OPP, participating in the Gun Amnesty program.
 
The Gun Amnesty is for any Ontario resident who wants to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition. The Amnesty is a way to provide citizens with a safe way to surrender weapons and enhance public safety.

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During the Amnesty, Police will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges that might otherwise apply to people who are turning in these items. (Please note there is no Amnesty offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime. Also, no anonymous submissions will be accepted.)
 
"The safest way to handle an unwanted or illegally-owned firearm is to turn it in for destruction,” says Chief Murray Rodd of Peterborough Police Service.
 

Interested gun owners are strongly urged to call the Peterborough Police Service’s Alternative Response Unit (ARU) non-emergency number at 705-876-1122, ext. 274 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons.
 
NOTE: Under NO circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.

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Peterborough Police Are Getting Numerous Calls About Motorists Disobeying School Bus Flashing Lights

Peterborough Police Service's Traffic Management Unit has been receiving numerous calls, emails and voice messages with respect to motorists disobeying school bus flashing lights. 

Motorists are reminded that unless there is a physical barrier between the travel lanes, they are required to stop for a school bus when the bus is fully stopped and the lights are flashing.

Highway Traffic Act

Duty of drivers when school bus stopped

175 (11) Every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 175 (11).

     “median strip” means the portion of a highway so constructed as to separate traffic travelling in one direction from traffic travelling in the opposite direction by a physical barrier or a raised or depressed paved or unpaved separation area that is not intended to allow crossing vehicular movement.

The Traffic Management Unit will be devoting resources into educating and enforcing this very serious Highway Traffic Act offence, which comes with a set fine of $490 and 6 points.

Please share this post to remind motorists.

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