Tuesday, June 26, 2012



Some Friendly Canada Day Advice

RCMP remind weekenders of their zero tolerance for alcohol in public

Released by Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD


he Upper Fraser Valley is not only loved by those who call it home, but it has become a very popular vacation destination. This brings large numbers of people in to the area in the summer and holiday long weekends. This Canada Day long weekend is expected to be yet another busy one.


The Upper Fraser Valley Regional RCMP (UFVRD) wish those visiting our area to be aware of our zero tolerance approach to liquor, drugs, and other party related activity that gets out of control. One of the main focuses of the UFVRD Seasonal Policing Unit will be on liquor enforcement. They will be concentrated on offences such as consuming liquor in a public place, minors in possession, and liquor in a motor vehicle. All unlawfully kept liquor will be seized and violators could face fines up to $230. Please be sure to transport your liquor in your trunk or a space designated for storage in your vehicle. Our hope is that this weekend will be a fun and safe one for all in the Upper Fraser Valley.


The UFVRD Seasonal Policing Unit will be out on the waterways and patrolling on ATV's to ensure everyone abides by the law and enjoys their holiday safely and responsibly.


The UFVRD Seasonal Policing Unit will be giving extra attention to impaired boat operators. The RCMP is hoping that everyone is compliant with the small vessel regulations, they have the proper vessel registration, and all the required equipment. The UFVRD Seasonal Police Unit will be paying particular attention to the east and west side of Harrison Lake, Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake. The UFVRD Seasonal Policing Unit will continue its stepped up enforcement initiatives throughout the summer.


Traditionally, this long weekend is also one of the busiest for holiday traffic. Children are out of school and many people take advantage of that to start their summer vacations. The increase in traffic can also lead to the increased possibility of becoming involved in a collision if you aren't careful and not completely focused on your driving.  The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP will be out on the highways and roadways to recreational properties, camp sites, and beaches to ensure people get to their destination safely. 


The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP will also be concentrating on distracted and aggressive drivers, street racers, those not wearing seatbelts, and those who are driving impaired by drugs or alcohol throughout the long weekend.


Here are a few things to keep in mind this Canada Day Weekend:

  • Plan a safe ride home or plan to spend the night - don't drink and drive;

  • Slow down, keep your distance and buckle up - make sure to arrive at your well deserved vacation destination safely;

  • Don't push your limits on, or in, the water - remember life jackets save lives; and alcohol and water don't mix. Once you're in trouble on the water it's too late - put your life jacket on before you hit the water and leave it on;

  • Back country travellers should be prepared, have set return plans, and let someone know exactly where they are headed and when they should be expected to return;

  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle or unattended on the beach;

  • Be responsible with your liquor, both with consuming and transporting;

  • Call 911 if you see an impaired driver and advise police of problem activity before it gets out of control.

Also, road block check stops will be conducted throughout the long weekend, boat patrols and boat checks will be conducted, and a zero tolerance approach to drinking in a public place will be taken.


Happy Canada Day!!




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