Amherst Police charge officer with traffic violation

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Relating to September 2 crash

An Amherst police officer has been charged for failing to stop at a red light while responding to a call

Amherst Police have charged an officer under the Motor Vehicle Act.

AMHERST – Amherst Police have charged one of their own following a traffic collision over the Labour Day weekend.

The collision occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m. at the intersection of Robert Angus Drive and South Albion Street and involved one other vehicle.

The police vehicle was responding to an emergency on Church Street with lights and sirens activated when it collided with another vehicle that had entered the intersection.

The driver of the police vehicle has been charged with failing to stop at a red light and has been issued a summary offence ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act.

 

Geographic location: South Albion Street, Church Street

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  • Bill
    November 02, 2013 - 09:58

    THe RCMP charge for failing to move over if they have their emregency equipment activated, but the Town Police charge officers who get in an accident with their emregency equipment activated? Did the police department investigator decide not to enforce the violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens activated? There is a section in the NS Motor Vehicle Act and everyone knows to yield to emergency vehicles. Seems odd that they would only charge the officer and not the other party for their violation. Only in Amherst.

  • John
    November 02, 2013 - 09:42

    Police Cars, ambulances and fire department vehicles with lights flashing and sirens activated have the right of way. The RCMP issue tickets to citizens for failing to move over to an available lane if they have emergency equipment activated, yet the Amherst Police ticket a police officer engaged in their duty with traffic lights and sirens activated. Seems the investiagors in the matter only wanted to ticket the officer and not hold the other party accountable for their motor vehicle act violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

  • John
    November 02, 2013 - 09:41

    Police Cars, ambulances and fire department vehicles with lights flashing and sirens activated have the right of way. The RCMP issue tickets to citizens for failing to move over to an available lane if they have emergency equipment activated, yet the Amherst Police ticket a police officer engaged in their duty with traffic lights and sirens activated. Seems the investiagors in the matter only wanted to ticket the officer and not hold the other party accountable for their motor vehicle act violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

  • macpass
    October 28, 2013 - 08:19

    Only in Amherst would an officer be charged for such a stupid offence. If the lights and sirens are on stay out of the intersection period and let the police do his or her job. Probably some person that shouldn't be on the road in the first place. If you cannot see the red lights flashing or hear the siren blaring maybe you shouldn't be on the road in the first place.Charge or trash the police not thank them for the job they do protecting all of us. What a joke both the town and the management of the police force are in this hick town we live in.

    • noodle
      October 31, 2013 - 09:46

      I was there seconds after the accident and the cop car t-boned the other car halfway down the side. IF the siren and lights were on, it wasn't until after the other car entered the intersection. This was a keen, young cop who it is rumoured was texting at the time of the accident (that may or may not be true in this instance, but I have personally witnessed Amherst cops texting while driving on other occasions). The way the other car was hit and the fact there were no brake marks at the scene indicates the cop didn't even see the other car when she plowed into it. I'm surprised and impressed that the cop was issued a ticket by her peers. Not to crap on Amherst cops because they are some of the best around, but all too often cops get a pass when they break the traffic laws.

  • amherstonianforlife
    October 27, 2013 - 16:22

    A police officer takes an oath to uphold the law. That doesn't give him / her the right to break the law to uphold it. How much longer would it taken for the officer in question to wait til the other car passed and proceeded to the call................ 30 seconds top........ instead the call waited for a second officer to respond. Bottom line........... if I went through a red light and hit another vehicle .......... i would be charged the same........ so why shouldn't the police officer receive the same punishment.

  • Larry Fowler
    October 27, 2013 - 13:14

    What was the emergency call the officer was responding to that would cause him to risk causing another life threatening emergency?

  • police have rights
    October 25, 2013 - 22:16

    If a driver cannot hear sirens or see red lights, why is he on the road behind the wheel in the first place. Emergency situations do exist, any one incapable of coping with them has got a big problem

  • Frank
    October 25, 2013 - 14:37

    That being the case then, remove emergency equipment for vehicles and let the first responder get there on there own traffic time. If the call was your daughter getting raped or a kid lost or worst in a life or death situation, wouldn't you want the police to get there??