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Long weekend starts with more than 100 turned around at police check points on B.C. highways

Two drivers received tickets
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Police were busy this weekend.

With RCMP running checkpoints along BC highways this weekend more than 100 vehicles were turned back by Mounties enforcing the provincial health order to stay in certain health regions.

On Friday, May 21 police manned four checkpoints between the Fraser Valley Authority and Interior Health Authority: Highway 99 near Lillooet, Highway 3 at Manning Park, Highway 5 at the old Coquihalla toll booths, and on Highway 1 near Boston Bar. Throughout the day they checked more than 2,800 vehicles, according to the B.C RCMP, with almost two-thirds checked at the Coquihalla checkpoint (full stats below).

In total 55 were turned around; half of those were on Highway 3. Only nine were turned around on the busy Coquihalla stretch, but that is where police issued the only tickets of the weekend. Two drivers were charged for allegedly failing to stop for police and received a $230 fine, according to the BC RCMP.

On Saturday, May 22, police checked far fewer vehicles and dropped one location (Highway 1). Under 1,000 were stopped, but still 48 were turned back.

No checks were conducted Sunday, May 23 and none are scheduled for Monday, May 24, according to the police.