As people begin to plan for the May long weekend, the BC RCMP remind everyone that restrictions on non-essential travel are still in place, and advise everyone that roads checks would be increased this weekend.
Over the past two weeks, the police have established rotating checks at four locations.
Highway 1 in the Boston Bar area
Highway 3 in the Manning Park area
Highway 5 in the Old Toll Booth area
Highway 99 in the Lillooet area
While overall traffic volume has been less than normal levels, the police saw an increase in traffic this past weekend, says Superintendent Holly Turton, Officer in Charge, BC Highway Patrol.
From May 6 to 8, a total of 1,412 vehicles were checked, and there was one voluntary turn around.
From May 14 to 16, a total of 2,069 vehicles were checked and 30 vehicles voluntarily turned around.
“While the public has been supportive of our officers at the checks, we know that more people are typically on our roads and highways on long weekends,” Turton says.
“We would like all travelers to know that we will be increasing the number and duration of the road checks leading up to, and through this long weekend.”
Drivers are reminded that they should not be travelling between the three established regions of Vancouver/Fraser Valley, Northern/Interior, Vancouver Island unless for essential purposes.