Elk Valley RCMP Enjoys "Unexpectedly" Slow Long Weekend

(Supplied by Elk Valley RCMP)

Despite seeing lots of traffic in the region, the detachment says this year's May long weekend was one of their slowest in recent memory.

Sgt. Trevor Tribes says the Victoria Day holiday is typically one of the busiest few days they would see all year, but 2019 was certainly different.

"Although there was significant traffic on the highway coming in starting on last Thursday, no collisions to report, no fatalities of course, call volume [was] very low."

As an example, he says Monday was a travel day for many people heading back home to Alberta or the United States, but they only received a single call for service.

For the rest of the long weekend, Sgt. Tribes did not have the exact numbers compiled just yet but believes it was significantly lower than what they would normally expect.

He says most people were generally well-behaved anyways, but the cool and wet weather was definitely a factor.

"I think the weather certainly may have kept additional people away, but also kept a lid on things in the campgrounds because being outside was just no fun."

Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services kept a hefty presence in the region, particularly for the South Country area to the south of Fernie and Sparwood, as Sgt. Tribers says they were very happy with the overall compliance.

Audio: Trevor Tribes, Sergeant, Elk Valley RCMP

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