Local briefs – November 27

Red Deer RCMP are growing concerned over a spike in the number of people fleeing collision scenes.

Hit and runs on the rise

Red Deer RCMP are growing concerned over a spike in the number of people fleeing collision scenes.

Hit and runs are on the rise, with almost two-thirds of people leaving collision scenes last week. That compares to an average of 34 per cent for the year, says Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, media liaison for the Red Deer City RCMP.

Hit and runs most frequently occur in parking lots, said DeHeer.

A driver will hit an unattended vehicle and then leave the scene without leaving a note containing the necessary particulars. In some instances, witnesses have been able to identify the suspect and charges have been laid, she said.

Provincial statutes oblige drivers involved in collisions to give the other vehicles’ drivers their names and addresses, operator’s licence numbers and licence plate numbers.

Failure to notify a vehicle’s owner of a collision gets the offending driver a mandatory court appearance and a loss of three demerit points.

Failure to report a collision brings a $287 fine and three demerit points.

Leaving the scene of a collision gets a mandatory court appearance and seven demerit points.

Witnesses are asked to collect as much detail as possible and then report their information to the Red Deer city detachment at 403-343-5575.

To remain anonymous, witnesses can report online to www.tipsubmit.com or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Giant tee going up Monday

Picture Tiger Woods at about 183 times his actual height and that’s the size of golfer it would take to swing off the tee that will be planted in Trochu on Monday.

And for the 19th-hole golfers, if this tee were hollow, it could hold 38,400 pints of beer.

Originally created to promote the ATB Financial Classic golf tournament, the 12-metre tall tee was awarded to Trochu in the corporation’s Teenormous contest.

The Big Tee is due for a celebration at the Trochu Community Hall at 11:05 a.m., said Audrey Nelson, clubhouse manager for the Trochu Golf Club.

People will get a chance to view the tee and will then be treated to speeches and lunch while the tee is moved from the community centre to its permanent home at the golf club.

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