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COVID-19: B.C. RCMP turn back 103 vehicles, fine 2 at long weekend checkpoints

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The May long weekend is moving a little slower this year thanks to the pandemic. Checkpoints are still in place on four major B.C. highways with RCMP cracking down on non-essential travel – May 24, 2021

British Columbia RCMP have turned back more than 100 vehicles at checkpoints enforcing COVID-19 restrictions against non-essential travel, and fined at least two people.

B.C. RCMP Southeast District spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said as of Saturday evening, 3,799 vehicles had passed through road checks on four key highways linking the Lower Mainland to the rest of B.C., while 103 were turned back.

Read more: Long weekend travel concerns as end of B.C.’s ‘circuit breaker’ restrictions looms

Police were stopping vehicles on Highway 99 near Lillooet, Highway 3 in Manning Park, Highway 5 at the old toll booths and Highway 1 near Boston Bar on Friday.

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First fine issued for alleged travel ban violation, but not at a checkpoint – May 13, 2021

Officers were back at all of the locations except Boston Bar on Saturday.

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“Two drivers were charged for allegedly failing to stop for police contrary to section 4 (1) pf the EPA – Travel Restrictions Order No. 2, which carries a $230 fine,” O’Donaghey said in an email.

READ MORE: COVID-19 travel checkpoints now in place on 4 B.C. highways

B.C.’s restrictions on non-essential travel split the province into three zones: the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Interior and North.

The restrictions are set to expire at midnight Tuesday morning, and health officials have been pleading with British Columbians to adhere to them over the Victoria Day long weekend.

 

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