During 2015 residents are still calling for permanent RCMP checkstops on HWY 99 as the people continue to die from intoxicated motor vehicle accidents. The most dangerous aspect of HWY 99 is clearly the motor vehicles which are often driven by heavily intoxicated drivers in the areas around Whistler resort. There have been many accidents in the past where people have either died or been severely injured in motor vehicle accidents involving intoxicated drivers that could have been prevented by increased RCMP checkstops on HWY 99. Residents of the Sea To Sky Corridor areas of Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish and Vancouver have been calling for years for a permanent RCMP checkstop on HWY 99 in a central point where all motor vehicles must pass. As the volumes of motor vehicles and speed limits continue to increase during 2015 the situation on HWY 99 is becoming more dangerous and putting the lives of everyone at risk 365 days a year.
Function Junction & HWY 99 Is A Proposed RCMP Check Stop Intersection Location
Local residents view the intersection at Function Junction and HWY 99 to be the best location for a permanent RCMP checkstop to reduce the amount of intoxicated drivers. Every motor vehicle that travels in the Sea To Sky Corridor must pass this junction along WHY 99 located at the South end of Whistler resort. The majority of traffic entering Whistler resort comes from the South along HWY 99 and usually enters on Fridays for the weekends.
Many Community Safety Benefits Of Permanent RCMP Check Stops
There are many other potential benefits from a permanent RCMP checkstop being created. One of the most significant benefits is the reduction of crime in the communities by trouble makers who will get caught entering the local areas via HWY 99. Late night violence has been a significant problem in Whistler resort for many years and a permanent RCMP check stop at the entrance to the resort could potentially reduce crime by catching trouble makers engaged in illegal acts such as intoxicated driving as they enter the resort.
An increase in visible police presence many also deter trouble makers from committing crimes in the local communities. There are many excellent benefits that come from having a permanent RCMP checkstop on HWY 99 during all seasons. A large percentage of the local population approves of increased RCMP checkstops along HWY 99 and have called for the public funding to be spent on public safety.
Communities Are Allowed To Provide Funding For Permanent RCMP Check Stops
There is evidence in the past to suggest that communities and large organizations can provide funding directly to the RCMP for check stops to be operated along HWY 99. A previous example was during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games where vehicles were observed speeding along HWY 99 to Whistler resort from Vancouver. During one observation of an RCMP speed enforcement operation the officer noted that it was VANOC that who had supplied the funding for the operation.
Residents Encouraged To Write Letters To Government Calling For Permanent RCMP Check Stops
All residents if the local communities are entitled to write letters to the local government calling for the implementation of a permanent RCMP checkstop along HWY 99. The letters can be published in the records of the local council meetings each month which raises awareness to the constant problem of intoxicated driving along HWY 99 close to the various communities that are being put at risk.