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Please use caution and be careful this holiday weekend
In a circumstance that happens only once every few years, the Victoria Day holiday long weekend – often referred to as the May “Two Four” weekend – actually takes place a full week before May 24 this year.
That’s great news for working Canadians as they get to enjoy an extra day off during what has also commonly become recognized as the unofficial beginning of summer.
Every statutory holiday weekend means people will hit the road to visit family and friends and there are many more motor vehicles than usual on our highways.
But with the beautiful sunshine and warm weather that usually is part and parcel of the excitement of the May long weekend here in the beautiful South Okanagan, not only are the roads clogged with cars and trucks, but also campers, recreational vehicles and boats and motors of all size and description.
Even though the Environment Canada forecast for the Victoria Day long weekend in the South Okanagan isn’t stellar and calls for cloudy skies, far too many people have a tendency to want to get to their destination of choice as quickly as possible.
This often leads to some drivers making some very poor decisions and endangering themselves and others.
With thousands of boat owners putting their watercraft into lakes and rivers across the region this coming weekend, we also urge everyone to obey the rules, slow down and enjoy themselves on the water.
We urge all boat owners to ensure they have lifejackets for everyone on board as the water temperatures in area lakes and rivers remain extremely cold and dangerous.
There’s no doubt that local RCMP officers are going to be out and about ensuring that citizens are obeying the rules of the road and waterways this holiday weekend.
The Victoria Day holiday weekend is always a reason to celebrate as spring is in the air and the beginning of summer is just around the corner.
We urge all local residents to take your time, be careful out there and make it another holiday weekend to remember.