Ukee driver crashes after falling asleep

Ucluelet RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision near Lost Shoe Creek on Thursday around 4:40 pm.

“A Ucluelet resident was driving towards town and fell asleep while driving,” said Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP.

The driver did not suffer serious injuries.

Swann said the driver was lucky to have escaped with only minor injuries because the area their car drifted into is rife with large rocks but their car steered clear of these and wound up in some bushes.

A passer by stopped and helped the driver until RCMP arrived, according to Swann who said he was quickly joined by the BC Ambulance Service and the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade.

“It’s an important reminder

to people if your feeling drowsy you’ve got to stop (you car) get out and stretch your feet,” Swann said. “All the studies show if you’re that drowsy, standing up and running around your car keeps you alert for 10 minutes and then your body starts to go down again.”

Tofino RCMP step up enforcement at school bus stops Tofino RCMP are asking drivers to use caution and slow down.

Police are prepared to up their enforcement efforts around school bus stops along Industrial Way and Campbell Street, according to Sgt. James Anderson.

He added that February is distracted driving enforcement month and the Tofino RCMP will be participating by keeping a keen eye on local drivers and issuing $167 fines to anyone seen driving while using a cellphone to talk or text.

Homeless woman advised against making home in Tofino The Tofino RCMP are grateful to the community for keeping police updated on the activities of a woman who is currently without a residence but trying to make a home in Tofino, according to Sgt. Anderson.

Anderson said he has advised the “vulnerable person” that Tofino is a tough place for a homeless person “because of the lack of public services to assist them.”

He said he suggested she head to a larger town like Port Alberni or Nanaimo where she would be able to access these services.

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