RCMP will be out in force for long weekend

Chilliwack RCMP are reminding back country users to that there will be extra patrols out this holiday weekend.

Chilliwack RCMP are reminding back country users to that there will be extra patrols out this holiday weekend.

The Victoria Day weekend marks the beginning of summer for the RCMP’s Enhanced Policing Program in the district, said Cpl. Mike Rail,  spokesperson for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.

A six officer-unit will be patrolling the forestry roads, area lakes, and campgrounds in Cultus Lake, Chilliwack Lake, and Harrison Hot Springs with strict enforcement emphasis on impaired driving and rowdy party goers, Rail said. “Together with our many partners, police will be focusing on making our recreation areas safe and enjoyable family destinations.”

Every summer brings a major influx of seasonal visitors to enjoy the recreation offered by the surrounding lakes and park areas, he said.  Road areas of the region also become a popular location for youth to celebrate their high school graduation.

Police are reminding potential grad party attendees that they will be out ensuring these gatherings are conducted safely. Anyone who is planning on drinking should travel with a designated driver.

“Six of our officers will be patrolling forestry roads, lakes and local campgrounds to cut down the instances of impaired driving and problem party goers,” said Rail.

RCMP encourages any one to report any suspicious behaviour.  To make a report to police call 604-792-4611 or, people who wish to remain anonymous, may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-4788 (TIPS).