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B.C Police Will Not Do Random Roadside Checks: Public Safety Minister

Fraser Valley (Josh Olund – BCIT Journalism) – On Tuesday, B.C, public safety minister Mike Farnworth said that police will not be randomly stopping drivers to make sure they’re not travelling outside their region for non-essential travel.

Farnworth said that the province will be “examining the use of periodic roadblocks only”however, there could still be roadblocks set up along Highway 1 for anyone who is leaving the Lower Mainland as well as BC Ferries terminals.

Farnworth said in a written statement. “Our intention is to discourage recreational and leisure travel – not punish people – and we are not interested in disrupting commuters and people going about their lives.” “At this time, the details of the order are still being finalized, and I’ll have more to say later in the week.

”These plans were originally announced by Premier John Horgan on Monday and said that B.C. would have roadside stops starting on Friday through the May long weekend as a way to help against the spread of COVID-19. And during his announcement, Horgan had used the word“random” multiple times in regards to the road checks., “This will be conducted through random audits, not unlike roadside stops for counter-attack during the Christmas season.”

Horgan also said, “They will be susceptible to all travellers, not just a few travellers and again they will be random, and there will be a fine if you are travelling outside of your area without a legitimate reason.”Farnworth, however, did not say there will not be random stops in his statement.And across the province, police departments are waiting for the Emergency Program Act order before any actions will take place.

Farnworth said, “It is unfortunate that we must enforce a travel ban, but it is necessary for the health and safety of everyone… Most British Columbians know they have a part to play in helping to curb the spread of COVID-19 and I am sure they will adhere to the new rules and stay in their region.”

Further details about this plan are expected to be announced on Friday.

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