Chilliwack RCMP urge caution during busy long weekend

Thousands of visitors will be streaming into the recreational jewel that is Chilliwack this Labour Day weekend.

City of Chilliwack webcam at the Vedder Bridge Friday afternoon.

Get ready, the Labour Day weekend is upon us.

Thousands of visitors will be streaming into the recreational jewel that is Chilliwack with its beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains.

A long weekend looming also means extra enforcement effort from local police.

“The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP, in conjunction with our partners, will be focusing on making the recreation areas and our roads safe and enjoyable for everyone,” said Const. Ashley St. Germaine.

It’s a little encouragement for the last long weekend of the 2014 summer.

“We have seen tragedies this summer and it is devastating to the families and communities,” she said.

They’re hoping a little warning and preventative messages will make people conscious about the need to make safe and wise decisions.

“We would like to have a tragedy-free weekend this Labour Day.”

Police will be patrolling forestry service roads, local lakes, and campgrounds with an emphasis on impaired driving, for which there is zero tolerance.

Speed enforcement and road blocks will be conducted throughout Upper Fraser Valley region.