Jukasa News Update Friday, January 6, 2017
RIDE checks keep area roads safe through holidays
Six Nations Police conducted RIDE checkpoints over the Holiday season to keep area roads safe.
Nearly 1000 vehicles were stopped and checked.
As a result one driver was arrested and charged for impaired driving.
A number of seatbelt warnings were issued.
No accidents were reported.
Alcohol related accident in Hamilton
Hamilton’s first traffic fatality came Wednesday morning after a car hit a concrete pole at Queenston Road and Main Street East.
The driver, a 27 year old man, died of his injuries. A 25 year old passenger also in the car suffered serious but non life threatening injuries. He was taken to hospital and later released.
Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the collision. The name of the deceased is not being released.
Long ER wait times due to ‘filled to capacity’ Brantford hospital
Officials at Brantford General Hospital says high volumes of seriously ill patients suffering from acute stomach and respiratory influenza viruses are showing up in the hospital’s ER – and need to be admitted for inpatient care.
But officials say the hospital is now beyond capacity at it’s inpatient units, limiting access for patients to be admitted from emergency – and significantly extending ER wait times.
A statement from the hospital says they’ve opened new beds and cancelled some surgeries to help deal with the influx of patients.
Efforts to direct elderly patients in long-term and retirement communities to other local area hospitals are also being implemented.
High volumes of sick calls from staff have made it harder to deal with the crisis.
Cold weather alert issued
Brant County Health Unit has declared a cold weather alert for the area.
Temperatures are expected to stay beneath -15C without wind chill factors.
The Medical Officer of Health for Brant says the alert will remain in effect on a daily basis until a cancellation notice is issued.
They are urging homeless people in the area to escape from the cold at any of the areas shelters.
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