Traffic report: 20-year-old tickets, a chainsaw attack, and ‘moose reduction zones’

Manuel Deslisle pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon after threatening a family with a chainsaw.

It's been another busy week on Canadian roads, with one crazy road-rage incident topping the headlines. Here's what's making traffic news:

N.B. collecting decades-old speeding fines

Speeders beware: pay off those tickets, or the taxman may get involved. Although well after the fact.

The Canada Revenue Agency is insisting two men pay up for speeding violations they committed over 20 years ago in New Brunswick.

Roger Newell, who lives in Nova Scotia, received a letter from the CRA saying it would deduct $115 from his income tax return if he didn’t pay the fine he received in 1991.

He told CTV that he tried to schedule a different court date to contest that violation and, when authorities didn’t respond, he forgot about it. Apparently the province didn’t though.

The CRA does carry out debt-collection on behalf of provinces if other avenues are exhausted. Newell said he’s considering fighting the fine.

Not-guilty plea in chainsaw attack

A Quebec man charged in a bizarre road-rage incident has pleaded not guilty to assault, despite being caught on video threatening a family with a chainsaw.

Last weekend, Alexandre Hermenier and Karine Cyr were out driving near Montreal when they say another driver cut them off. They followed the man to a parking lot and used their minivan to block the man from leaving.

In a perfectly rational reaction, driver Manuel Delisle stormed toward the minivan  swearing and revving a chainsaw. A video shows him pointing it at the minivan’s windows while the couple’s young children cry out in terror.

Deslisle pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon. He’s due in court in July, but in the meantime, is forbidden from communicating with Hermenier and Cyr and must stay at least 500 metres from their home and workplaces.

A Quebec police spokesman encouraged drivers not to chase down cars or confront others about their bad driving. Instead, just write down their licence plate number and call the police.

How do you solve a problem like moose?

Newfoundland and Labrador kicked off a five-year moose-management plan this week in hopes of reducing automobile-moose collisions.

The province has the highest concentration of moose in the world, and averages between 500 to 600 moose-related crashes per year, which are incredibly dangerous for both drivers and animals alike.

So the province is hoping to keep moose away from highways using fencing and “moose reduction zones” for which extra hunting licences are available.


Calgary cops nab female carjacker

Calgary police laid charges against a female suspect in a scary carjacking last week.

On April 1, a woman hijacked a car at gunpoint and drove off with another passenger still in the car: a 48-year-old woman with cerebral palsy. The passenger was later found uninjured, but police only found the car this week when it was involved in a collision. They arrested a male passenger and female driver. She now faces a raft of charges including kidnapping, assault and theft of a motor vehicle.

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