Safety top of mind this weekend

EDITORIAL: enforcements ramping up this May long weekend in order to ensure everyone has a fun and safe holiday

RCMP officers, conservation officers, natural resource officers and park rangers want everyone to have a safe and fun holiday, so they’ll be ramping up patrols over the May long weekend.

Along with increased traffic enforcement, patrols will be increased over the long weekend, with enhanced enforcement aimed at recreation sites, backcountry access, angling, boat safety and illegal hunting. Enforcement will also focus on environment, fish and wildlife regulations, as well as policies related to the use of parks, conservancy areas and recreation areas.

The increased presence of conservation officers and the RCMP in these areas will help ensure public safety and help protect sensitive ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.

The provincial high-risk driving blitz starts today and then on Saturday there is impaired driving enforcement.

“These are just two of the ongoing enforcement campaigns that traffic services units across the province engage in over the weekend to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions on B.C. roads,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Over the May long weekend, on average two people are killed and 490 are injured in crashes throughout B.C. every year.

In the Southern Interior alone there are an average 68 people injured in 260 crashes.

So whether you’re sticking around town, heading to another community or to the great outdoors, everyone is urged to avoid high-risk driving behaviours that increase your risk of crashing and endangering everyone on the roads.

Having fun doesn’t have to be dangerous.

Stay safe and arrive alive.