St Patricks Day Weekend

Yes, its St Patricks Day Weekend.  Blarney stones, green beer and jigs will be the order of the day this coming Sunday.  Lots of fun to be had by all but we should also remember to enjoy the celebration and party responsibly.

Here is an article from the Milton Canadian Champion about Halton Police’s plans this weekend.

http://www.insidehalton.com/community/milton/article/1593505

Halton police watching on St. Pat’s weekend

Halton police announced Friday they will be out in force on the lookout for impaired drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend to ensure it is remembered for its festivities and nothing else.

Police are reminding residents to plan ahead if their evening is going to involve any amount of drinking.

Such planning can include assigning a designated driver, calling a cab or using public transportation.

Police said being prepared ahead of time is key to avoiding the temptation to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The consequences of impaired driving are severe and can result in licence suspensions, vehicle impoundments, fines and even jail.

Police said those who drink and drive not only put themselves in danger, but their passengers and other motorists as well.

Residents who suspect a person is driving while impaired are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Halton Regional Police Service has stated it is committed to combating drinking and driving and keeping Halton’s roads safe.

Halton Police RIDE Program Kicks off December 4th

From the news release

Halton Regional Police Service to Launch Holiday R.I.D.E. Campaign December 4th

The Halton Regional Police Service will commence this year’s holiday R.I.D.E. campaign on December 4th at Thomas A. Blakelock High School in Oakville.

The Service has once again partnered with local students, businesses and community organizations for the sixth year to offer “RIDE 101”, a program designed to educate drivers, particularly young and future drivers of the importance and responsibility while driving and the consequences associated to mixing alcohol or drugs and operating a motor vehicle.

High schools from across the Region will be participating in the program, including:

Milton District High School – 396 Williams Avenue, Milton – December 5th

Burlington Central High School – 1433 Baldwin Street, Burlington – December 13th

Acton District High School – 21 Cedar Road, Acton – December 14th

The official launch will take place at Thomas A. Blakelock High School, 1160 Rebecca Street, Oakville, where Halton Police RIDE 101 officers will team up with students from Thomas A. Blakelock to distribute RIDE 101 educational information, provide students an opportunity to test roadside screening devices and put all students through a series of simulated ‘road side’ sobriety tests during a fun, yet educational format.

The night component will entail members of the student council assisting designated officers in speaking with drivers of stopped vehicles during a R.I.D.E. spot check and distributing ‘Think of Me’ cards and information pamphlets on the consequences of impaired driving. The ‘Think of Me’ cards are hand-drawn and coloured by grade four, five and six students and reflect on that child’s perception of drinking and driving.

The daytime component will be held within the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the spot checks will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. out front of the school.

The Halton Regional Police are grateful for the community partners who are supportive of this worthy endeavour, including: the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.), McDonald’s restaurants and Tim Horton’s.

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Here is an article from Inside Halton outlining more details to the program.

MADD Canada Film In Milton

As I reported here awhile back, MADD Canada had filmed another documentary/informational movie in Milton.  This marks the 3rd time that they have filmed here in Halton.  With the holiday season approaching its once again time for the RIDE Program among other community outreach programs from MADD Canada and other organizations.

The best thing we can do is simply this…don’t drink and drive!  If you see someone who has had too much to drink, please stop them. What might be something small now, can lead to something a lot bigger.  Don’t take that chance.

Here is the article from the Milton Canadian Champion

MADD films video in Milton

MADD Canada visited Milton recently to film a anti-impaired driving awareness video for its annual school assembly program, which is shown to over a million students (Grades 7 to 12) across Canada.

The video is a 40-minute drama, followed by 15 minutes of hard-hitting scenes of real people talking about the loss of their loved ones.

This year’s production, with a working title of – ‘After Party’ – follows best friends Kelly and Natalie as they get ready to attend their school’s fall dance and eventually end up at an after-party with youths drinking and using drugs.

The film ends with an ironic twist, as viewers learn that it’s not only the irresponsible youths who suffer consequences of their actions.

The video’s crash and aftermath scenes were filmed on Louis St. Laurent Avenue, near Bronte Street, involving Halton Police, EMS and Milton Firefighters as extras, representing their respective agencies. The video was shot in both English and French, for distribution nationwide.

MADD Canada Documentary Being Filmed in Milton

Just as a reminder to my previous post, the area around Louis St Laurent and Hwy 25 will be closed to traffic as MADD Canada is filming its 3rd documentary in Milton.

The filming will include a simulated car accident so if you do see activity there, thats the reason.  Halton Police and Milton Fire Department will be on hand during the filming and area residents have been informed.

Here’s the email received today with further details.

Further to my e-mail from a few weeks ago, please be advised that filming permits have been issued for the above filming project which is a documentary.

Filming will be taking place on October 25,26,27, 2012 (rain date October 28, 2012)from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

Louis St Laurent Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Bronte Street South and Diefenbaker Street during the filming as a car crash will be taking place. Advanced Road Closures have been in place for the past week and detour signage will be installed during the filming. Halton Regional Police will be on site during the entire filming project.

Access to local residents will be maintained via Diefenbaker Street and Leiterman Drive.

Milton Fire Department will be on site while the crash is occurring. After the crash the car will be removed off of the street and placed on the shoulder until the next night. The filming company will be signing the car so passerby’s know it is related to filming and not an actual crash.

Area residents have been notified and signed a petition in support of the filming.

It should be noted that this is the 3rd time that MADD has filmed a documentary in Milton.