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  1. Every year Rupert and I raise funds to give back to the organization that saved his life and enriched mine. I know money is tight and I don't want anyone to feel any pressure to donate. We are accepting positive thoughts and comments as well!!! As many know, Rupert was hit by a car Christmas eve 2009. I found him while on duty Christmas morning. He was in the median of the 401 and had been there so long his body heat melted the ice and snow leaving him in a puddle of water. Despite several broken bones in his left rear leg and a blown out right rear knee he did not whimper, bark or bite when I picked him up. I could hear his bones grinding... but he was tough!! and stubborn...soooo very stubborn. A plea for his owner went out... he was only about a year old and obviously some ones pet. Turned out he was owned by a violent drug dealer who used to beat on him (drug dealer burned to death in deal gone bad 6mnths later). The plea brought in enough donations to fix Rupert's injuries and with the donation of an amazing rehab vet, Dr Cherie White he learned to walk again!! He can now chase down rabbits and squirrels!!! Please add your own stories to this thread as well!!! I've attached the donation site... They finally accept PayPal this year!! You guys have helped me raise the most money each year since I've started. I can't thank you enough for that!!!!! ! I've attached the donation site... This year they finally accept PayPal!!! You guys have helped me raise the most money each year since I've started. I can't thank you enough for that!!!!! Donate here > https://www.canadahelps.org/me/6ZRvwSW The story of Rupert  “Rupert was struck by a car early Christmas morning 2009 on a bleak stretch of the 401 highway just west of Kingston. The stalwart Lab was found in a ditch where he'd dragged himself after suffering severe injuries to both hind legs, including a shattered femur and badly torn ligaments. OPP officer, Sean McCaffrey was directed to the dog by a passerby. "After being flagged down, I followed the small trail of blood to the dog who, having lain there long enough to melt the snow and ice beneath him, was shivering in a pool of frigid water," said McCaffrey. "Rupert did not whine or growl when I approached him. He shivered and wagged his tail and gobbled some food and allowed me to cover him with my coat and hold him to warm him."  Rupert was transported to the Kingston Regional Pet Hospital. The next morning, Boxing Day, brought a sad turn to the dog's story. It seemed that Rupert's injuries might be too severe to be successfully operable. The afternoon of the 26th saw an improved prognosis for Rupert, with recovery possible although amputation of one leg likely. Rupert's comfort was a priority throughout the evaluation period and he was kept pain-free and at ease. Rupert's case was then brought to the attention of Dr. Parker and the Ottawa orthopedic surgeon agreed to assess Rupert at Alta Vista. Not only did Dr. Parker think he could help the dog, he believed that both legs could be saved.  So the young dog made the trip from Kingston to Ottawa late on the 29th and spent the morning of the 30th being assessed. Following the exam, Dr. Parker began surgery to pin and plate the broken femur and repair the torn ligaments in the other leg. "I spoke with Dr. Parker, a veterinarian orthopedic surgeon at Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa. He has fully assessed Rupert and he feels the prognosis for Rupert is quite good," said Janice Saunders, president of the Kingston Humane Society, in a release dated December 30th. "The current plan is to repair Rupert's fractured left hip. Damage to the cruciate ligament in the right hind leg was also detected and Dr. Parker is repairing this injury during [the] surgery as well." The following morning Rupert underwent a final surgery to adjust the plate and pins and then spent the next five days resting and recovering from the successful but arduous surgery. When Rupert was first brought to the emergency clinic in Kingston he was a stray with no identifiable owner. The Kingston Humane Society sent out a plea to locate Rupert's owner, unsure of the dog's future and seeking a reunion. The community responded immediately offering concern and financial support for the dog.”
  2. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    Not taking personally... I just see the destruction and aftermath of people thinking they were driving safely and in control. Adds up after a while.. I don't agree with every single law out there but I do feel the stunt law is valid and needed, poorly named however.
  3. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    Yet... like I said..try a ride along with a traffic guy. Attend some major collisions and help clean up body parts and do some next of kin notification... Speed is fine while in control. your injuries at 130 are quite a bit more substantial than at 100. It's not only about vehicles traveling safely at speed.. the result of vehicles coming to sudden stops from various speeds is also factored in. You may think you are safe at 135.. and you may be. But not everyone around is safe at that speed.
  4. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    I didn't miss the point at all. I didn't argue that 90 in a 50 is unsafe. The truth however is that you see far more 150+ in a 100 than you'll ever see 90 in a 50. I'm not sure how you think doing 150 on the highway is safe? The beauty of this is that you do not have to agree ever... Because it really doesn't matter. The laws exist regardless of your thoughts on them. Either way...don't exceed the limits and you'll never have to worry about being ticketed, losing your veh or your licence. It couldn't be any simpler.
  5. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    Go do a ride along with a traffic unit.... Stop a vehicle at the side of the 401. You have your opinion and I have my years of experience. You'll never agree, that's fine. Doesn't mean you are right however... The 401 is not exactly an open highway...
  6. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    Many others greatly disagree. Easiest way to avoid this, don't tailgate excessively in a large commercial motor vehicle. The stunt law has withstood many charter tests... Just my opinion on a law that's saving lives.
  7. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    Not for tractor trailers... way too close, no chance of stopping in time. IMO and experience at the collision scenes.
  8. odot1

    PERSONAL opinions of an OPP SAVE officer

    Yeah.. you have a few years on me... 47 in July.
  9. odot1

    Legal System missed it again...Humboldt

    Definition, “stunt” 3. For the purposes of section 172 of the Act, “stunt” includes any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours: 1. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to lift some or all of its tires from the surface of the highway, including driving a motorcycle with only one wheel in contact with the ground, but not including the use of lift axles on commercial motor vehicles. 2. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to cause some or all of its tires to lose traction with the surface of the highway while turning. 3. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to spin it or cause it to circle, without maintaining control over it. 4. Driving two or more motor vehicles side by side or in proximity to each other, where one of the motor vehicles occupies a lane of traffic or other portion of the highway intended for use by oncoming traffic for a period of time that is longer than is reasonably required to pass another motor vehicle. 5. Driving a motor vehicle with a person in the trunk of the motor vehicle. 6. Driving a motor vehicle while the driver is not sitting in the driver’s seat. 7. Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 50 kilometres per hour or more over the speed limit. 8. Driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway or in a manner that may endanger any person by, i. driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to prevent another vehicle from passing, ii. stopping or slowing down a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates the driver’s sole intention in stopping or slowing down is to interfere with the movement of another vehicle by cutting off its passage on the highway or to cause another vehicle to stop or slow down in circumstances where the other vehicle would not ordinarily do so, iii. driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to drive, without justification, as close as possible to another vehicle, pedestrian or fixed object on or near the highway, or iv. making a left turn where, (A) the driver is stopped at an intersection controlled by a traffic control signal system in response to a circular red indication; (B) at least one vehicle facing the opposite direction is similarly stopped in response to a circular red indication; and (C) the driver executes the left turn immediately before or after the system shows only a circular green indication in both directions and in a manner that indicates an intention to complete or attempt to complete the left turn before the vehicle facing the opposite direction is able to proceed straight through the intersection in response to the circular green indication facing that vehicle. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 3.
  10. odot1

    PERSONAL opinions of an OPP SAVE officer

    Hey Irv!! I'm a wreck!!! Don't get old!! Waiting on cortisone shots and now on celebrex to combat the arthritis... Once everything kicks in (if it doesn't then surgery..) I will requalify on police type things and back to regular duties!!! Driving a computer realty, really, really, really sucks...
  11. odot1

    PERSONAL opinions of an OPP SAVE officer

    This is typical cheesy Gov't safety poster but it does spell out quite clearly the penalties for impaired/drug driving for novice/young drivers for those of you with young'uns at home. AS always...I'm the messenger. If you need to blast it, rant and rave please create a seperate but entertaining thread!! Sean http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pdfs/impaired-is-impaired-screen.pdf