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RCMP ready for May long weekend traffic

May 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Anyone planning to head out on a road trip this weekend in B.C. should expect to see an increased police presence.

“This weekend may be the traditional start of vacation season, but it is also the start of our summer enforcement season,” Const. Melissa Wutke with the B.C. RCMP Traffic Service says in a media release.

This time of year is historically busy for RCMP traffic enforcement in the province.

Last year on May long weekend, RCMP officers wrote 1,034 speeding tickets. Wutke says 143 of those speeders were issued excessive speeding tickets. The excessive speeding offenders had their vehicle towed and impounded for a week.

Officers in B.C. also issued 113 alcohol and drug infractions, 76 distracted driving tickets and 34 unsafe passing violations last May long weekend.

Police are watching for speed violations but warn they will also keep an eye out for anyone practicing risky driving.

“We want the motoring public to get to their destination safely,” Wutke says. “And if that takes handing out a few tickets, to help the public get the message, it’s worthwhile because we know our enforcement efforts will literally help save lives.”

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