BC RCMP to increase COVID travel checks; from May 6-8 a total of 1,412 vehicles were checked

BC – As people begin to plan for the May long weekend, the BC RCMP would like to remind everyone that restrictions on non-essential travel are still in place and advise everyone that roads checks will be increased this weekend.

“Over the past two weeks police have established rotating checks at four locations. While overall traffic volume has been less than normal levels, we did see an increase in traffic this past weekend,” explains Superintendent Holly Turton, Officer in Charge, BC Highway Patrol.

From May 6-8 a total of 1,412 vehicles were checked, and there was one voluntary turn around. From May 14-16 a total of 2,069 vehicles were checked and 30 vehicles voluntarily turned around.

BC RCMP to increase COVID travel checks
BC RCMP to increase COVID travel checks

“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. 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,” says Supt. Turton.

Road Checks will remain at the four established 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

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.

We encourage everyone to avoid non-essential travel at this time. For more information regarding provincial enforcement please visit the BC Government COVID-19 information pages.

BC RCMP

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