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Chief Blair: It is apparent Cst Zivcic was not wearing seatbelt

Cst John Zivcic died after his cruiser was involved in a collision while he was responding to a call


Police chief Bill Blair confirms that it is apparent Cst John Zivcic was not wearing a seatbelt when he got into an on-duty accident late last month.

Zivcic was responding to a call when his cruiser collided with another vehicle and then crashed into a tree.

He died a couple of days later in hospital.

"If any good can be drawn from [the accident], it's the opportunity to remind all of our officers and our citizens the importance of wearing a seatbelt," chief Blair says in a year-end interview with Newstalk 1010.

Blair says it is a discussion that has been had within the force for over a decade.

"Although it's a bit of a challenge sometimes for our officers [to wear seatbelts] because they wear a great deal of equipment on their utility belts and they're often in and out of the car in emergency situations, it's important that we'd be able to do our job safely," Blair says.

Tune in to Newstalk 1010 tomorrow morning to more of the year-end interview with chief Blair.

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  1. Mark7 posted on 12/31/2013 06:19 AM
    Please Mr. Blair, spare us the bs. What emergency is so tragic that 5-10 seconds to put on or remove a seatbelt would make any difference? Do your job and fine the officers who do not comply with this law. The rhetoric only infuriates citizens.
  2. Ted posted on 12/31/2013 07:53 AM
    "Police chief Bill Blair confirms that it is apparent Cst John Zivcic was not wearing a seatbelt when he got into an on-duty accident late last month."

    And I bet you this information was known before the funeral. But hey, why not squeeze as much money as possible out of the taxpayers on an elaborate funeral even though taxpayers weren't responsible for his death? Sounds like something Blair would do.
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 12/31/2013 08:51 AM
    Hmmm....that's funny. Blair didn't state he was disappointed that his officers don't wear seat-belts. And using "being in an emergency' as an excuse.

    I guess he only reserves his 'disappointment' line during press conferences, when the subject is on the mayor. How intriguing....
  4. Bill R posted on 12/31/2013 10:12 AM
    So not wearing a seatbelt (which I already surmised weeks ago), putting another innocent civilian in jeopardy (collided with a car) earns one a hero's funeral?
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