Chase RCMP respond to calls for cigarette butts, off-road vehicles over long weekend
Ashley Legassic - Reporter
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August 11, 2017 - 7:30 PM
CHASE - Another long weekend is in the books, but while wildfires burn across the province people still aren't getting the message.
Chase RCMP were kept busy over the B.C. Day long weekend with more than 100 calls for service, some of those including reports of cigarettes being tossed out of vehicles.
Cpl. Scott Linklater says in a news release that police responded to four reports of cigarettes being thrown out of vehicles and two reports of people using off-road vehicles contrary to restrictions.
Linklater is also reminding people that penalties are stiff for disobeying restrictions during wildfire season.
Unsafely disposing of a cigarette butt can cost up to $575, operating an off-road vehicle contrary to restriction can cost $767 and anyone who lights an open fire can be fined up to $1,050.
As of last Friday, Aug. 4, the provincial government restricted off-road vehicles from backcountry recreational use on Crown lands in the Kamloops Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.
Police also responded to a number of other calls for service in Chase and nearby areas, including complaints of operating a boat after dark without lights, towing a wakeboarder after dark, 14 aggressive driving complaints, and two deaths of not suspicious circumstances.
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