From the RCMP’s point of view, the Bulkley VAlley Exhibition was a resounding success.
Although the Smithers detachment responded to several alcohol-related events, most were minor in nature, Sgt. Kirsten Marshall said.
The greatest success came at road checks and single vehicle stops.
Of the many road checks and vehicle stops, RCMP didn’t encounter any impaired drivers.
“This is highly unusual and hope that our increase in police presence played a role in the public making positive choices regarding drinking and driving,” Marshall said.
With the Telkwa BBQ and Centennial celebration this weekend, Marshall said the Smithers RCMP together with the Northwest Regional Traffic Services will be out in full force.
“Expect high visibility at events throughout the Telkwa area, parks and recreation sites in the form of vehicle and foot patrols, as well as road checks,” Marshall said.
The Smithers RCMP is dedicated to making this weekend safe and enjoyable for everyone and would like to remind the public not to drink and drive, ensure a licensed, designated driver is identified before the party starts.