The Cranbrook RCMP is hoping this May long weekend is uneventful.
Each year an influx of campers to the Koocanusa area brings with it impaired driving, assaults, and damage to Crown land. The amount of garbage left in the area after campers leave on Monday is frustrating for those who live, work and camp in the area.
“Each May long weekend the Koocanusa area is filled to capacity with campers looking to camp for free on Crown Land. The Cranbrook RCMP want people to have a great weekend, but want them to behave responsibly”.
Police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, distracted drivers and Motor Vehicle infractions. Littering and cutting down trees are also scenarios that the RCMP, along with its partners, will be looking into.
Possible infractions could include Criminal Code Impaired Driving, Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and Vehicle Impoundments for drivers being under the influence of alcohol. RCMP will also be on the look out to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy and will be conducting safety checks under the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (MVAR). Vehicles found not adhering to the MVAR may be removed from the roadway at the owners’ expense. Open liquor in vehicles and being drunk in public could also lead to fines under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.
– From Cranbrook RCMP