BC RCMP to increase COVID travel checks

B.C.

2021-05-19 13:50 PDT

Road checks

May 22 - Please be advised that COVID-19 travel related road checks will be taking place on Highways 1 (in the Boston Bar area), 3 (in the Manning Park area), 5 (in the Old Toll Booth area, and 99 (in the Lillooet area)) from 10 am until 2 pm.

As people begin to plan for the May long weekend, the BC RCMP would like to remind everyone that restrictions on non-essential travel are still in place and advise everyone that roads checks will be increased this weekend.

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Described video: RCMP officer stops vehicle
RCMP Officer: Hi ma’am how are you?
Driver: I’m good, thank you, how are you?
RCMP Officer: Good thank you, are you aware of the travel restrictions?
Driver: Yes I am.
RCMP Officer: What’s the purpose of your travel?
Driver: Doing a….(voice fades off)

Cst. James Ward: Today we’re doing a COVID travel restriction roadblock, so what we’re doing is we’re reminding the public that there’s travel restrictions in place and they shouldn’t go from one health zone to the other, unless they have an exempted excuse.

Described video: RCMP officer leans forward to talk to driver

RCMP Officer: Are you driving for an essential purpose?
Driver: Uh, yeah (inaudible due to face mask)

Cpl. Garth Domm: We’re setting up strategic check-stops in locations where motorists or road users would be inclined to travel on main arteries to the interiors and in order to restrict that travel that is non-essential we’re speaking to the people roadside and finding out where they’re going and what the purpose of their travel is.

Described video: Hovering drone panning over the highway roadblock among several officers standing outside of their police vehicles, officer speaking with a few members of the public that have been stopped for the roadblock. Cpl. Garth Domm’s voice overlays the drone video stating
If they’re travelling and they’ve got legitimate reasons that are allowed by the health order, they’re allowed to carry on and for the people that are perhaps just out for a drive or out travelling that doesn’t meet the mandate of why they should be travelling (camera goes back to Cpl. Garth Domm), we’re making requests for them to voluntarily turn around and return back to their own health area.

Described video: Two RCMP officers standing roadside with stopped vehicle, talking with driver

RCMP Officer hands the driver a sticker and says: And a sticker
Driver hands sticker to backseat and says: Ooooo lucky
RCMP Officer hands another sticker to driver
Driver: Thank you
RCMP Officer: So the reason for this stop is
Driver: Yup
RCMP Officer: we’re checking out compliance with the Provincial health orders
Driver: Yup
RCMP Officer: for travel restrictions
Driver: Okay
RCMP Officer: uh what’s the nature of your travel?
Driver: So we……(voice fades off)

Described video: As the RCMP officers continue to speak with drivers, voices overlay the video
Voice: So far the public’s been actually receptive, they’ve been polite, they’ve been sort of I guess giddy to see us and to be stopped by us. Uh a lot of them are curious as to what’s going on.

Voice: They’re glad that we’re here, they’re glad to see us, uh it’s a fantastic interaction that we’ve been having. We’ve had extremely uh low numbers of anybody that’s even slightly uh unhappy about our presence here, they’re quite thankful that we are here.

Cst. James Ward: When we started the roadblocks last week we were seeing probably about two to three times the amount of vehicles we’re seeing now, so people are definitely getting the message and from just doing highway patrol on the highways the traffic is a lot lighter, we see mostly commercial vehicles, you don’t see a lot of campers anymore.

Described video: RCMP officer speaking with driver of truck while petting dog
RCMP Officer: Are you heading home?
Driver: (inaudible due to face mask)
RCMP Officer: Thank you folks, take care

Described video: Music plays while showing checkpoint locations

Photo of police officers
Text: RCMP BC Highway Patrol Travel Checkpoint will be set up at the following locations on the Victoria Day Long Weekend:
Highway 1 (Boston Bar Area)
Highway 3 (Manning Park Area)
Highway 5 (Old Toll Booth Area)
Highway 99 (Lillooet Area)

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Logo
Government of Canada Logo

Described video: RCMP officer stops vehicle
RCMP Officer: Hi ma’am how are you?
Driver: I’m good, thank you, how are you?
RCMP Officer: Good thank you, are you aware of the travel restrictions?
Driver: Yes I am.
RCMP Officer: What’s the purpose of your travel?
Driver: Doing a….(voice fades off)

Cst. James Ward: Today we’re doing a COVID travel restriction roadblock, so what we’re doing is we’re reminding the public that there’s travel restrictions in place and they shouldn’t go from one health zone to the other, unless they have an exempted excuse.

Described video: RCMP officer leans forward to talk to driver

RCMP Officer: Are you driving for an essential purpose?
Driver: Uh, yeah (inaudible due to face mask)

Cpl. Garth Domm: We’re setting up strategic check-stops in locations where motorists or road users would be inclined to travel on main arteries to the interiors and in order to restrict that travel that is non-essential we’re speaking to the people roadside and finding out where they’re going and what the purpose of their travel is.

Described video: Hovering drone panning over the highway roadblock among several officers standing outside of their police vehicles, officer speaking with a few members of the public that have been stopped for the roadblock. Cpl. Garth Domm’s voice overlays the drone video stating
If they’re travelling and they’ve got legitimate reasons that are allowed by the health order, they’re allowed to carry on and for the people that are perhaps just out for a drive or out travelling that doesn’t meet the mandate of why they should be travelling (camera goes back to Cpl. Garth Domm), we’re making requests for them to voluntarily turn around and return back to their own health area.

Described video: Two RCMP officers standing roadside with stopped vehicle, talking with driver

RCMP Officer hands the driver a sticker and says: And a sticker
Driver hands sticker to backseat and says: Ooooo lucky
RCMP Officer hands another sticker to driver
Driver: Thank you
RCMP Officer: So the reason for this stop is
Driver: Yup
RCMP Officer: we’re checking out compliance with the Provincial health orders
Driver: Yup
RCMP Officer: for travel restrictions
Driver: Okay
RCMP Officer: uh what’s the nature of your travel?
Driver: So we……(voice fades off)

Described video: As the RCMP officers continue to speak with drivers, voices overlay the video
Voice: So far the public’s been actually receptive, they’ve been polite, they’ve been sort of I guess giddy to see us and to be stopped by us. Uh a lot of them are curious as to what’s going on.

Voice: They’re glad that we’re here, they’re glad to see us, uh it’s a fantastic interaction that we’ve been having. We’ve had extremely uh low numbers of anybody that’s even slightly uh unhappy about our presence here, they’re quite thankful that we are here.

Cst. James Ward: When we started the roadblocks last week we were seeing probably about two to three times the amount of vehicles we’re seeing now, so people are definitely getting the message and from just doing highway patrol on the highways the traffic is a lot lighter, we see mostly commercial vehicles, you don’t see a lot of campers anymore.

Described video: RCMP officer speaking with driver of truck while petting dog
RCMP Officer: Are you heading home?
Driver: (inaudible due to face mask)
RCMP Officer: Thank you folks, take care

Described video: Music plays while showing checkpoint locations

Photo of police officers
Text: RCMP BC Highway Patrol Travel Checkpoint will be set up at the following locations on the Victoria Day Long Weekend:
Highway 1 (Boston Bar Area)
Highway 3 (Manning Park Area)
Highway 5 (Old Toll Booth Area)
Highway 99 (Lillooet Area)

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Logo
Government of Canada Logo



Over the past two weeks police have established rotating checks at four locations. While overall traffic volume has been less than normal levels, we did see an increase in traffic this past weekend, explains Superintendent Holly Turton, Officer in Charge, BC Highway Patrol.

From May 6-8 a total of 1,412 vehicles were checked, and there was one voluntary turn around. From May 14-16 a total of 2,069 vehicles were checked and 30 vehicles voluntarily turned around.

While the public has been supportive of our officers at the checks, we know that more people are typically on our roads and highways on long weekends. We would like all travelers to know that we will be increasing the number and duration of the road checks leading up to, and through this long weekend, says Supt. Turton.

Road Checks will remain at the four established locations:

Drivers are reminded that they should not be travelling between the three established regions of Vancouver/Fraser Valley, Northern/Interior, Vancouver Island unless for essential purposes.

We encourage everyone to avoid non-essential travel at this time. For more information regarding provincial enforcement please visit the BC Government COVID-19 information pages

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