Weekly Media Release July 15 – July 21, 2019

On July 15th, the Oak Bay Police Department responded to two thefts, one at Oak Bay High School and the other at Oak Bay Recreation Centre. The female suspect stole personal items from each victim, however the suspect was caught on video surveillance. The police are continuing the investigation attempting to identify the suspect responsible for these thefts.

The Oak Bay Police conducted a roadblock in the 2000 block of Cedar Hill Cross Road and the police officer could smell fresh cannabis inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to possessing the cannabis, which was visible on the front seat passenger floor along with other paraphernalia. The driver retrieved the cannabis, admitted that he was aware, and knew it was supposed to be transported in the trunk area. The driver was issued a Violation Ticket for an Adult Operating a Vehicle with Cannabis contrary to Section 81(1)(b) of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA) which a prescribed fine of $230.00.

On July 16th, the Oak Bay Police responded to youths smoking cannabis in a vehicle in the 200 block of King George Terrace. The police officer attended and seized a large glass bong and a baggy of containing cannabis in plain view from the centre console along with two marijuana grinders. The male driver was issued a violation ticket for possessing cannabis in vehicle pursuant to 81(1) (a) of the CCLA with a prescribed fine of $230.00

On July 17th, Oak Bay Police assisted the Mobile Youth Services Team with an arrest of a youth who had two outstanding warrants for Failing to Comply with Recognizance. The youth was held in-custody and released on strict court imposed-conditions.

Oak Bay Police attended a theft from motor vehicle in the 2700 block of Eastdowne Road. The vehicle was unlocked and the suspect stole the following items:

  • Dash Cam
  • Clearly contacts (Wayfair style)

On July 18th, the police received a complaint regarding a youth who breached his court-imposed conditions with respect to their curfew. The youth was found in close proximity to his residence and when his backpack was searched several cans of spray paint were in his possession which violated his conditions as well. The youth was later released on a promise to appear to attend court.

On July 19th, the Oak Bay Police conducted a roadblock and following violations/prohibitions occurred:

  • Four Violations tickets (Fail to Produce Drivers licence & Fail to Display “N” sign)
  • One Notice and Order for no side view mirror
  • Issued a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition which includes an 30 day vehicle impoundment

Riding in cars with pets

We think of pets as our best friends, part of the family, our ‘fur babies.’ At this time of year, many pet owners are making plans to bring their pet along on a road trip. Whether you are driving long distances, or just doing some quick errands around town, ICBC and the BC SPCA urge drivers to drive smart and consider the safety of their pets if they are bringing them along for the ride.

  • Loose pets in the backs of pick-ups are a major faux-“paw”

It is illegal and dangerous to travel with an unsecured pet in the exterior of a truck. Section 72 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act prohibits the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pickup truck. If you must transport your pet in the back of a truck, the safest method is in a secured crate in the centre of your truck box. See the BC SPCA website for more information.

They can be lap dogs at home, not in the car

Your pup is super entertaining, but make sure you take steps to prevent them from becoming a distraction while you’re driving. Drivers can be ticketed $368 for driving ‘without due care and attention,’ the fine comes with six penalty points which results in a $360 Driver Penalty Point Premium. So refrain from allowing your pet to sit on your lap, from reaching into the back seat to interact with them; and from feeding, playing, or taking a photo of them while you’re driving. They’ll be just as cute if you wait until you reach your destination to snap some pics.

  • Pups don’t relish being hot dogs

Vehicles can quickly heat up in summer weather, and can endanger your pet’s health. Even a car parked in the shade with the windows cracked open can get hot enough to cause heatstroke or death of an animal. “There have been situations where owners thought the air conditioning would be able to cool the back seat where their dog was,” remarks Dr. Kuan, “only to find them unconscious when they got back.” Don’t let this be your puppy!

Avoid a ruff ride – Prepare a furst aid kit

With more trips and outdoor activities planned, pets are at an increased risk of developing sprains and strains, lacerations, bites, and of picking up internal or external parasites. It’s best to stock your vehicle with a pet first-aid kit, as well as researching information about nearby veterinary practices in places you’re traveling to or staying in.

It’s great if your pet loves nothing more than to go for a ride, but if your dog or cat are prone to motion sickness or anxiety associated with travel, SPCA vet, Dr. Radnic, suggests that you “have the necessary medication or supplements to help with these symptoms.”

Have a safe and fun road trip with your furry travel companions!

Visit the BC SPCA’s website or ICBC’s pet travel page for more safety tips.

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