Cranbrook RCMP is not surprised that a surge of out-of-province visitors were caught driving impaired in the Koocanusa area during the annual Mud Bogs event.
Staff Sergeant Hector Lee reports six impaired drivers were stopped by police travelling from the Mud Bogs over the weekend, with five of those hailing from outside British Columbia.
“We could have possibly netted even more had we had more police officers out there. Unfortunately, it was just us from the Cranbrook RCMP detachment looking after this event, which has become a huge event,” Lee says. “Maybe someone can look at formalizing it or sanctioning it. Its drawing attention from a lot of people from out-of-province as well.”
Officers were out in marked vehicles and on ATVs throughout the weekend around Koocanusa.
Lee says most people were fairly well behaved, with only a few minor incidents occurring at the event site.
People came from as far as Manitoba to take part.
– Cranbrook RCMP Staff Sergeant Hector Lee
– Jeff Johnson
(Picture from Facebook.com / Koocanusa Mud Bogs Easter 2017 event)
– Full release from Cranbrook RCMP
Cranbrook Detachment General Duty Members were kept busy out at Koocanusa with this year’s mud bogs. Cranbrook RCMP officers were out in marked vehicles and on ATV’s throughout the weekend at the mud bogs site.
RCMP conducted several roadblocks over the course of the weekend and stopped several hundred vehicles. As a result of these traffic stops, 6 persons, 5 from out of province, were issued license suspensions under the Motor Vehicle Act.
This year’s mud bogs brought people as far out as Manitoba. Considering the amount of persons that attended to either watch or participate, overall, the crowds were generally well behaved. There were a couple of incidents on the mud bogs where two persons suffered minor injury.