Traffic patrol blitz

Over the last week traffic has significantly picked up on the local highways in the Valley.  McBride and Valemount RCMP have begun the yearly enhanced traffic enforcement on Highway’s 5 & 16.  This effort in the first week has resulted in:

4 vehicles being impounded for excessive speed,

Approximately 50 speeding tickets being issued,

A significant quantity of illicit drugs seized,

A large quantity of cash, believed to be the profits from drug trafficking seized, and

One impaired driver was removed from the road at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and his vehicle was also impounded.

With these road-side investigations occurring, RCMP would like to remind the motoring public that it is the law to slow down and move over when passing any emergency vehicle including tow-trucks and highway maintenance vehicles.  When the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or above the driver must slow to 70 km/h and below 70 km/h the driver must slow to 40 km/h.  Drivers not slowing down and moving over face a $173 fine and 3 points on their license.