127 vehicles stopped at BC COVID-19 roadblock, none forced to turn around – fr

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127 vehicles stopped at BC COVID-19 roadblock, none forced to turn around – fr


VANCOUVER – British Columbia Mounties say no cars have been forced to turn around at an existing roadblock to ensure residents adhere to travel restrictions due to COVID-19 as law enforcement extends over the weekend.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area without any fines being imposed.

Manseau says there are clear signs of an upcoming roadblock, so drivers are well aware they are approaching.

The RCMP have announced that three more roadblocks will be installed over the weekend on Route 1 in the Boston Bar area, Route 5 in the Old Toll Booth area and on Route 99 in the Lillooet area.

Drivers will need to provide identification, documents relating to their name and address, as well as the purpose of their trip.

Motorists who violate travel rules can be fined $ 230 for failing to follow directions at a traffic stop or $ 575 if the reason for the trip violates the essential travel health order .

Manseau said in an interview that he believed the gendarmerie would be happy if no fines were imposed.

“We want people to stay at home,” he said. “It’s not a punitive thing. If all of this continues until the pandemic is over and we don’t impose any fines, I think we would find this more successful than many fines.

He urged those planning to travel this weekend to ensure they are only doing so for essential purposes and to stay in their health region if they are not.

The solicitor general of British Columbia recently said police conducting checks will only ask drivers and not their passengers if they are traveling for non-essential reasons. Mike Farnworth said passengers will not be questioned for constitutional reasons based on legal advice, so stops in busy lanes and at two ferry terminals do not stray into potential investigations.

Non-essential travel to British Columbia is limited to three regions, which are areas covered by the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health authorities; the health authorities of the North and the Interior; and Vancouver Island.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 7, 2021.

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