Fantastic festival

Quesnel's 40th annual Billy Barker Days Festival was a howling success

RCMP are reporting a fairly “uneventful” BB Days weekend, crediting, in no small part, event organizers.

“Advanced planning by event organizers and increased police presence resulted in a very successful and relatively uneventful Billy Barker Days for Quesnel RCMP,” media relations stated.

Police resources from Quesnel as well as neighbouring detachments including 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Prince George were on hand to ensure safety at various events throughout the weekend.

Increased police presence included numerous police road blocks; foot and bike patrols of venues; police dog units and uniformed and plain clothes mobile patrols throughout the community.

Between noon on Thursday and midnight  Sunday, RCMP investigated a total of 289 police files – the bulk of which involved intoxicated persons.

Police arrested 96 people for being intoxicated in public and responded to several assaults, some property-related crimes and other general calls for service. Seventy Liquor Act tickets were issued for various offences under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

RCMP Traffic Services issued; two, three-day immediate roadside prohibitions; six, 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions; five,

24-hour roadside

suspensions; one criminal code impaired; two, 12-hour suspensions; two driving prohibited charges; two excessive speed charges (over 40 km over speed limit); 10 vehicle impounds; nine drug seizures; 89 violation tickets and 72 warnings.

RCMP sends a special thank to the Billy Barker Days organizing committee, the Quesnel RCMP auxiliary constables and Citizens on Patrol.

“Quesnel celebrated the 40th Annual Billy Barker Days Festival in fine fashion. What an awesome weekend,” Elaine Kopetski,

BBD Society president said.

“We had terrific weather, food, fun, music, and a park full of people – all the makings for a great party.

“Thank you Quesnel, for the 40th time, you hosted a fabulous free family festival. See you July 17 – 20, 2014.”