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Police warn against hitchhking in BC's northwest

WITH THE arrival of milder weather, police in the Nass Valley have also seen an increase in the number of residents hitchhiking along Highway 113, either into Terrace or to other areas of the Nista'a Nation.

Many of these are youth, both male and female, who are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of crime, say police.

Section 182(3) of the Motor Vehicle Act clearly reads that no person shall be on a highway to solicit a ride and police can issue a fine of $109 to those caught hitchhiking, says Sgt. Donovan Tait, the officer commanding at the Lisims/Nass Valley RCMP detachment.
"It can be extremely dangerous to get into a vehicle with someone you don’t know or don't know very well. Every time a person puts their thumb out to solicit a ride they put themselves at great risk," said Tait.
"I understand that many people feel that it is no big deal and a viable way to get around. I say the risks associated are far too great, not to mention the activity is illegal."
"If anyone is seen or intercepted hitchhiking in the Nation, they can expect to be interview to by Police, warned of their actions, or potentially receive a fine," Tait continued.
Police urge residents to plan their activities well in advance and secure safe means of transportation before they leave home.

 

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