As memories of the winter snow begin to fade, many Albertans are starting to think about sunny skies and the great outdoors. Thousands of us will travel to the province’s stunning mountains, lakes and parks during the May long weekend, and the Government of Alberta is encouraging people to respect our natural surroundings.
During the weekend, Alberta’s fish and wildlife officers, conservation officers, commercial vehicle enforcement officers, will be out and about ensuring public safety. They will patrol Alberta’s roadways, water bodies, parks, and public land. Together with the integrated traffic units (RCMP and traffic sheriffs), they will also run check stops and checks of quads and other off-road vehicles to inform the public about safe recreation practices, laws and regulations.
Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Public Security, was recently in the Chain Lakes area to talk about law enforcement for the long weekend. “While I think it’s important to celebrate summer and discover Alberta, provincial officers are dedicated to protecting our natural surroundings and keeping Albertans and visitors safe,” said Minister Denis.
Spring rains, melting snow and frost make most May long weekends very wet, which means the land is more sensitive to off-roading. Vehicles should be kept away from stream banks, wetlands and wet trails. Also, if you’re camping on public land, try to leave it the way you found it; dispose of sewage, garbage, and unwanted equipment properly instead of leaving it on public land or in Alberta’s water bodies.
Alberta’s fish and wildlife officers protect and preserve Alberta’s fish and wildlife and defend Albertans and their property from dangerous animals. Together with parks service rangers, they will also patrol public lands to help ensure all the long weekend excitement leaves a minimal impact on the land.
Also, commercial vehicle enforcement officers will check cars, RVs and off-roading vehicles, and conservation officers will work in provincial parks to ensure everyone’s visit is safe and pleasant. Finally, traffic sheriffs continue to work with the RCMP to patrol Alberta’s highways for speeders and other unsafe drivers.