Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP want everyone to have a safe May long weekend.
Officers will be out throughout the region, including in Falkland, home of the annual Falkland Stampede Saturday to Monday.
“The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP would like to remind everyone that Highway 97 will be closed for the annual Stampede parade on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“It would be good if motorists could avoid using Highway 97 and sitting in Falkland for the one hour, but use the alternate route up through Salmon Arm (if traveling to and from Kamloops).”
Over the weekend motorists can expect an increase of traffic enforcement on the highways
The provincial high-risk driving blitz starts Friday, and Saturday is one of four RCMP national impaired driving enforcement days.
“The North Okanagan Traffic Services will be concentrating enforcement activities around these two initiatives during the weekend,” said Molendyk.
“These are just two of the ongoing enforcement campaigns that traffic services units across the province engage in over the weekend to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions on B.C. roads.”
Molendyk said it’s the RCMP’s hope that motorists exercise good common sense, good driving habits, slow down, don’t drink and drive and use caution this long weekend in order to ‘arrive alive.’
Over the May long weekend, on average, two people are killed and 490 injured in crashes throughout B.C. every year, according to ICBC data. In the Southern Interior alone there are an average 68 people injured in 260 crashes.