RCMP on patrol this coming long weekend

The Stettler detachment of the RCMP is going to be on heightened alert during the May long weekend

The Stettler detachment of the RCMP is going to be on heightened alert during the May long weekend, upping its patrols and paying special attention to holiday spots.

Cpl. Cam Russell said that while people are probably eager to get out and about during the first spring long weekend, safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s plans.

“Take your time, get there safe,” he said. “It’s better than getting into your accident a few minutes early.”

With people moving trailers, campers, boats and other summer fun equipment around during the long weekend, road traffic is expected to go up and slow down. Patience is the key, he said.

With ice being off Buffalo Lake, Russell urged people who want to get their boats on the water to remember the water is still cold.

“Leave the booze at home,” Russell said. “(The RCMP) has a boat and we may be out. If you’re going to use water, be wise – it’s cold.”