Driving while distracted is a real danger on the road, which is why Quebec police, in collaboration with the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and Contrôle routier Québec (CRQ), recently began the "National Concerted Operation Distraction 2021" to make drivers aware of the consequences of distracted driving.
And police weren't playing around when it came to this operation.
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Between September 10 and 16, "police services conducted more than 2,500 operations and issued more than 1,900 tickets for the use of a hand-held electronic device or a display screen while driving."
A press release from the Sûreté du Québec reminds drivers that "using a hand-held electronic device or display screen while driving reduces a driver's attention and concentration, and increases the risk of being involved in a collision. Distracted driving also greatly increases the risk of committing other traffic violations because you take your eyes off the road."
The National Concerted Operation Distraction 2021 set out to remind Quebec drivers of the risks of distracted driving and to promote safe and responsible driving.
In an investigation that began last March in connection with arms traffickers active in Montreal, a team of Quebec police, which was composed of officers from the Sûreté du Québec and the SPVM, conducted searches that resulted in the seizure of firearms, illicit drugs and thousands of dollars in cash.
On September 15, 11 firearms searches were conducted, five in residences and six in vehicles in the Montreal, Terrebonne, Mirabel and Drummondville areas.
These searches led to the seizure of :
Six firearms, including four handguns
High capacity magazines and ammunition
More than 30 grams of cocaine
A few pounds of hashish
Several tablets, which will be analyzed
More than $3,000
Police also made six arrests during this operation, according to a press release.
The suspects are set to appear at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday in connection with the arms trafficking investigation.
At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) tweeted that it had deployed police officers on Chemin de la Coulée-Carrier in Sainte-Paule. Police said this was "linked to the events that led to the triggering of the Amber alert on August 31 in the same sector."
Minutes later, a new tweet stated that the pair had been found and the amber alert was over.
The SQ previously alleged that the boy had been abducted in Sainte-Paule by his father, 36-year-old David Côté.
"For the moment, we will not communicate further so as not to interfere with the current operation. We ask citizens to stay away from the area," the SQ tweeted.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has released new updates on its search for Jake Côté, the subject of a recent amber alert issued in Quebec and New Brunswick. The child's father, David Côté, 36, is suspected of abducting the 3-year-old boy.
"The discovery of the ATV used by David Côté and the ongoing investigation lead us to believe that the suspect could be looking for equipment to ensure his survival and facilitate his travels," the SQ said in a statement sent to MTL Blog on Thursday evening.
"The investigation shows that the individual has a thorough knowledge of the forest environment, that he has the ability to quickly organize himself for survival in the forest."
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It's possible the suspect moved on foot to chalets or outbuildings, like garages, sheds or barns, "in order to ensure his survival and that of his child," said the SQ's statement.
The SQ asks the public to notify them by calling 911 if they see any traces of breaks and enters or signs of missing or "displaced objects," such as tools or food, that Côté could be using to stay alive.
They also ask the public to contact them if they see anyone matching the physical description of David or Jake Côté or their clothing.
Since the SQ believes the suspect could be armed and that he could "act impulsively," it does not want the public's help searching and asks people not to venture into an area where they may be at risk.
The SQ plans to continue its ground and air search for the child and his father overnight.