Approximately 3,000 people flocked to Tulameen over the long weekend for the annual Tulameen Days festival, and RCMP are calling the event a success for both policing and the community.
“Essentially we flooded Tulameen with police and the response from the residents was amazing. They were just thanking us over and over for a safe Tulameen Days,” said Sergeant Robert Hughes.
Hughes recruited five officers from Surrey to assist with patrols.
While there were no significant problems, there was enforcement, he added.
Police issued tickets for public drinking and alcohol in vehicles.
One man was charged with impaired driving and his vehicle was seized while another man – from Princeton – had two vehicles seized in the same day.
“Some people just don’t learn,” said Hughes. The driver was charged in for driving while prohibited, and then later was caught driving a different vehicle.
Three drivers fled from police – one of them in a golf cart.
The driver of a side-by-side that evaded a traffic stop was eventually tracked down in Princeton after the off road vehicle had been trailered.
“He got $1,100 worth of fines,” said Hughes.
Police also issued several tickets – costing $311 each – to drivers with passengers in the back of their pick up trucks, or riding on boats or jet skis while they were being towed.
For the first time RCMP set up a booth to promote off road vehicle safety, and issued 155 permits to visitors allowing them to drive on a limited number of streets.
“I’m just so proud of all my guys. It was unbelievable,” said Hughes.
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