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Man receives conditional sentence for drug possession

    A man who was discovered in the possession of about 15 pounds of marijuana was placed under a conditional sentence order of 16 months.
    Steven Michael Brausse appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, October 28 to be sentenced on the charge of possession of drugs for the purposes of trafficking.
    The court heard how, on October 20, 2010 police made a traffic stop on Highway 9 east of Morrin corner after the officer noticed the licence plate on the vehicle stopped was not well illuminated.
    When the officer exited his own vehicle, he noted the strong smell of fresh marijuana emanating out of the stopped SUV.  The search of the vehicle revealed a large box with about 15 pounds of marijuana, of which, about sixpounds was bud while the rest was stems and leaves. There were also items in the SUV associated with a marijuana growing operation.
    Defense for Brausse said his client was assisting a friend to harvest and dismantle a growing operation, and this behaviour was out of character. A favourable presentence report was also provided.
    The Federal Prosecutor and defense agreed a conditional sentence order would be appropriate in the circumstances.
    Brausse is subject to an order where he is to live under house arrest for the first six months of his sentence, and for the remainder of his 16 month sentence he is to abide by a curfew from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Items seized in the stop have been forfeited for disposal, and Brausse also received a mandatory firearm prohibition.


Pedestrians focus of Traffic Safety for November

    With the changing weather and reduced number of daylight hours the concern for pedestrian safety increases. During the month of November, Saferoads, an initiative of the  Alberta Office of Traffic Safety will be extra vigilant that users of the roadways conduct themselves in such a manner to support the safety of pedestrians. The following are some recommended safety tips:
    For drivers:
• When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.
• Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
• Stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school and playground zones.
• Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $575 plus 4 demerit points.
     For pedestrians:
• POINT, PAUSE, and PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.
• Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available and cross only at intersections if they are not.
• Never jaywalk. Drivers are not anticipating pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street so they may not have enough time to avoid hitting you.
• Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
• Be seen! Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing especially when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
• Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road, facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible.
• If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation. Alcohol is often a factor in serious pedestrian collisions. On average over one-third of pedestrians in fatal crashes and 15 per cent in injury crashes had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.
• Pay attention! Remove headphones; put away cell phones or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
• Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place to protect your safety.
    Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but pedestrians also have the responsibility to cross safely. From 2005 to 2009, on average each year in Alberta, more than 40 pedestrians were killed and over 1250 were injured.
    Additional information on the Saferoads - Traffic Safety in Alberta website at: http://www.saferoads.com/drivers/tips_pedsafety.html.

DVSS students celebrate diversity during International Week

    Next week the Drumheller Valley Secondary School will be given the chance to learn about different cultures around the globe during International Education Week.
    On November 15 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. students from the DVSS will be displaying posters, artwork, cuisine, music, and more to one another.
    Each presentation will delve into the culture, celebrations, history, and sites of various nations.
    There will also be culinary samples in what Annette Waiboer, Career Counsellor at the DVSS, describes as “an assortment of international cuisine.”
    The international students will feature prominently in the celebrations. One of the students from South Korea will be giving a drumming demonstration.
    Local students will be participating as well. Each class will research and create a display of a different culture.
    The DVSS began to hold the annual event seven years ago.
    “It’s educational,” explained Waiboer. “We showcase other cultures, diversity, and similarities with our own.”


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