POLICE BRIEFS: News from the Saanich Peninsula beat

Police news from last week on the Saanich Peninsula

Sidney North Saanich RCMP

• Sidney North Saanich RCMP received 113 calls for service this week. On March 10, police stopped a driver who ran a stop sign behind Thrifty Foods onto James White Boulevard in Sidney. The driver, who was found to be under the influence of alcohol, was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition.

Central Saanich Police Service

• On March 6 a hit and run on a parked van was reported on Verdier Avenue. A witness took down the number of the pickup that hit the parked van. Police tracked down the 25-year-old Saanich driver. He was issued a violation ticket for failing to provide his information at an accident.

• Ten election signs were stolen between March 9 and 10. Corporal Pat Bryant reminds residents that vandalizing or stealing signs is considered a crime.

• Between March 9 and 12, someone entered a farm property on Mount Newton X Road and stole a blind and game camera used to monitor movement of deer and wildlife. The equipment, owned by a hunter with a crop protection permit for the farm, is valued at $575. Anyone with information can call the Central Saanich Police Service at 250-652-4441.

Slow Down and Move Over

On March 26 and 27, the Sidney North Saanich RCMP and Central Saanich Police Service will be participating in the Slow Down and Move Over campaign with the Integrated Road Safety Unit. The campaign is designed to remind drivers to slow down, and if it is safe to do so, move over when approaching an official vehicle with flashing lights stopped at the side of the road.

Police say when you see an enforcement vehicle stopped, drivers must slow down by at least 10 km/h.

Drivers who don’t could be issued a $173 fine and three penalty points.