Parking tickets way down so far

Fort Frances OPP officers have issued only two parking tickets in the first quarter of 2007—a far cry from the 171 in the first quarter last year.
That’s just one of the statistics town council heard Monday night in the police services activity report for the first quarter of 2007 from OPP detachment commander Insp. Dave Lucas.
Insp. Lucas told council the difference is due to two factors.
Firstly, the fact there was less snow this year meant there was less snowplow activity and thus fewer reports of vehicles violating the town’s calendar parking bylaw.
The second factor is that during the first quarter of 2006, the former bingo hall (located on Scott Street and Butler Avenue) was open and a number of parking violations were generated by players there.
In the first quarter of 2007, there’s been a total of 795 occurrences the OPP responded to, compared to 766 in 2006.
There’s been a total of 60 violent crimes, compared to 51 last year, and 86 property crimes—14 more than this time in 2006.
Police have investigated eight drug crimes, compared to 16 in the first quarter of 2007, and had nabbed 10 impaired drivers compared to nine in 2006.
There’s been 57 motor vehicle collisions in the first quarter of 2007—15 more than in the first part of 2006.
A total of 120 Criminal Code charges were laid in the first three months of this year, compared to 71 in the same period last year. Meanwhile, eight drug-related charges were laid in the first part of this year, compared to just one in 2006.
A total of 125 Highway Traffic Act charges were laid in the first quarter of this year—19 more than in 2006.
Thirty-six Liquor Licence Act charges were laid, compared to 43 in 2006, while eight charges were laid under the Provincial Offences Act—four less than in 2006.
No charges were laid for municipal bylaw infractions in the first quarter of this year, compared to two in the same period last year.
Police collected $2,126 in revenues in the first quarter of 2007, compared to $3,513 in 2006.
Police have worked a total of 7,691.5 service hours, with 385.5 hours of overtime, in the first quarter of 2007—compared to 9,011.25 hours, with 677 overtime hours, last year.
In addition to policing duties, the OPP kept up its community programming in the first quarter of 2007, teaching 80 D.A.R.E. classes at district schools.
It also hosted a cyber-bullying presentation, as well as one on marijuana grow operations and meth labs at the Rainy River District Municipal Association’s annual general meeting.