Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 31 Making ‘headway’ in sharing NEW GLASGOW - Share the Road is more than just a catchy slogan on a road sign. It’s a message that cyclists and motorists should take to heart, Const. Ken MacDonald, bicycle safety officer for the New Glasgow Police Service said. “Share the Road means being conscious that cyclists and motor vehicles are using the exact same space on the road.” The roads are busier now said MacDonald with “folks of all ages getting out” on their bikes. He said May to September are the months he sees most cyclists on the road and July and August are the busiest. Bikers are more mobile and agile but that doesn’t mean they can take liberties with the law, he noted. “Bottom line is that if you’re using the road you have to abide by the rules of the road, just like a car.” That means using hand signals, obeying signs and lights, have a bell or horn, using lights after dark and, of course, wearing a helmet. Mandatory helmet laws came into effect in Nova Scotia on July 1, 1997, and the fine is now more than $150 after starting at $25. Some folks think that it (helmet law) is just for kids,” MacDonald said. Cyclists nabbed without a helmet have three options, MacDonald said. They can pay the fine outright, fight the ticket in court or, in a new wrinkle, take part in Operation Headway. For Operation Headway police will provide the option of attending an information session in October at the Aberdeen Hospital highlighing helmet use and the dangers of not using them. “It talks about the dangers of not wearing a helmet,” MacDonald said. “It provides education and awareness. It’s to make sure that folks on bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are wearing a helmet.” Operation Headway is a joint effort between local police agencies and the Pictou County Authority. Originally Published June 30th, 2009 - The News Trenton Police Chief Bob White watches while seven-year-old Jaclyn Fitzpatrick goes through the course at the Trenton Police Department’s Bicycle Rodeo at Trenton Rink on Saturday. Dozens of kids took part in the event, which helps promote bicycle safety. NEW GLASGOW - Ekko is a dog with attitude, as several of his colleagues tend to say. But when it comes to the job at hand, he’s still all business. Yesterday, Sgt. Duane Rutledge gave a demonstration at Temperance Street Elementary School, showcasing Ekko’s unique canine talents. “He’s from Slovakia, he will be five this month,” Rutledge said. “He came to Canada when he was 14 months old - he didn’t know any English when he got here - so there was kind of a love-hate relationship between him and I. But since then, we’ve become very close.” Ekko has been trained in six different profiles. He will track people, or human-scented items, several different types of drugs, guns or ammunition. He’s not trained for bomb sniffing, Rutledge said. As a dog, Ekko has no way to tell a police officer exactly what he’s found - when Ekko finds something, he sits. The demonstration is one of several that the New Glasgow Police Service is hosting to coincide with police week. Const. Ken MacDonald said demonstrations like yesterday’s, “are basically to showcase the department and the programs we have in place.” “And the kids love it,” he said. “This is the third year in a row we’ve done this.” Up until International Police Day, May 15, MacDonald said his department will continue to deliver demonstrations like this one at schools - police will also be delivering presentations in other locations regarding identity theft, seniors’ safety and drug awareness. Canine shows his special “attitude’ to school kids Originally published May 7th, 2009 - The News By Sean Kelly