Joint Task Force ready to take on the May Long Weekend

By Keanna Nelson (B94 Newsroom)
May 19, 2017 - 5:52am Updated: May 19, 2017 - 8:07am

It will be all hands on deck for The Joint Taskforce that is out patrolling during the busy Victoria Day long weekend.

This weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer road-tripping season. With all the extra vehicles on the road, Rocky RCMP, Clearwater County Peace Officers, Fish and Wildlife, Conservation Officers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Rocky Mountain House Peace Officers, Red Deer County Peace Officers and other government agencies, want to urge drivers to be patient and obey the rules of the road.

Officers will have multiple check stops set up throughout the weekend. Officers will also be doing patrols both by vehicle and off-highway vehicles. 

Approvals Manager with Environment Parks, Don Livingston, says besides focusing on public safety, they'll be enforcing the new charges that are in effect under the Forest Fire Protection Act.

"Abandoned camp fires and the new helmet law. So, the helmet law is one that just came into effect this week and those are things that weren't in place in the past" he says. 

"So, those will be the focus right now. Fire hazard isn't going to be an issue coming on this weekend. Could see some grass fire potential through the weekend if it dries up a bit, but that will probably be the biggest change under the Forest Fire Protection Act which are in relation to fireworks, abandoned campfires and then the helmet law."
A May Long report from last year showed that numbers decreased when it came to the number of people that were out, people sent to the hospital, and handing out tickets.

The Joint Task Force has been operating together for 14 years. 
Sgt. Jay Penner, Ops NCO with Rocky RCMP adds that they will also have zero tolerance for driving related offences.

It's also reminded to clean up after yourself and take your garbage home with you to help keep Clearwater County clean. 

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