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Slew of traffic violations headline holiday weekend for Chilliwack RCMP

The RCMP saw a 31 per cent increase of calls through the long-weekend
15 traffic violations headlined a busy weekend for the RCMP Traffic Section (Black Press Media files)

With the long weekend having come and gone, the Chilliwack RCMP were certainly kept busy.

The Seasonal Policing Team were prepared for an influx of visitors to the Cultus Lake area which culminated in six roadside prohibitions and three 24-hour prohibitions for drug use highlighting the many incidents. Three vehicles were also impounded for excessive speeding, two prohibited driving arrests were made and one impaired investigation was conducted following a collision.

It was a busy weekend off the roads, too.

On May 20, police were notified of two men openly using illicit drugs on a sidewalk in the downtown area at around 12-noon. The men were promptly arrested before a search led to the discovery of two replica firearms which were seized by the officers. The perpetrators have been summoned to appear in court at a later date.

Police also responded to multiple calls of firearm use over the weekend, with most leading to no further action.

A report of gunshots was called in on the evening of May 20 in the Majuba Hill area, with investigations quickly determining the noises heard were simply fireworks. RCMP are using the call as a reminder that consumer use of fireworks and firecrackers is illegal within the city limits.

On May 18, RCMP were dispatched to the Landing Leisure Centre for reports of a man with a firearm, but spoke to some of the youth that were present – one of which who had been bear sprayed – before finding multiple cans of bear spray around the area, concluding the appearance of the cans resembled that of a gun. Investigation into the identity of the individual with the bear spray is ongoing.

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Stefan Luciani

About the Author: Stefan Luciani

Before joining the team here at the Chilliwack Progress in spring 2024, I was a story editor for TSN in Toronto and digital journalist.
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