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RCMP expand driver snitch line

HOPE, B.C. -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are expanding a snitch line for reporting dangerous drivers...


HOPE, B.C. — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are expanding a snitch line for reporting dangerous drivers on the Fraser Canyon section of the Trans-Canada Hwy.

The Canyon Watch program, which started in 2000, is being expanded with the addition of eight more signs appealing to drivers to report dangerous motorists. So far, there have been only about 100 complaints lodged on the snitch line, but Mounties are hoping the program will gain steam with more publicity.

“Think of it as you could be taking the opportunity to save somebody’s life,” says Hope RCMP Const. Mike O’Flynn. “We’re hoping, with the latest push, tips will increase.”

Since the program began, there have been a decrease in fatal accidents on the treacherous stretch of highway.

By calling the toll-free snitch line at 888-801-8884, drivers can report an offence, date, vehicle model and licence plate number. The information is forwarded to police, who will send a warning to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Based on the success of the program, other B.C. jurisdictions are considering adding similar programs of their own. Of note, a great deal of interest is said to exist for a similar program on the Sea-to-Sky Hwy. running from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish.


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