RCMP joining increase of spectators at Mud Bogs

Police from around region will be policing Koocanusa Mud Bogs this weekend

  • Mar. 22, 2016 5:00 a.m.

The Koocanusa Mud Bogs: Man and machine versus nature. That is to say, driving your vehicle into one end of a deep pit of mud and hoping to emerge out the other end.

It’s a unique and very Canadian way to celebrate the end of winter, and one we in the Kootenays love to come and watch watch.

The Koocanusa Mud Bogs, held Easter weekend out Lake Koocanusa way, have seen increasing audiences from year to year.

And this year’s mud bogs will see an extra special increase in spectators.

Cranbrook RCMP, Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services have advised they will be increasing enforcement in and around the Koocanusa area. So take heed.

“Each year the Mud Bogs have increased in participants and audience alike,” Cranbrook RCMP said in a press release.

“The Cranbrook RCMP realize this is primarily a family event and would like to see everyone enjoying themselves while also adhering to the Criminal Code along with the Motor Vehicle and Liquor Acts.”

Events take place at Umbrella Beach on Lake Koocanusa, attracting hundreds of spectators of all ages — not just the mudhounds, but families come down to take part in a celebration of mud.

“Cranbrook RCMP are hoping that Mud Bog participants and its audience have a great weekend. Let’s keep it safe and fun for everyone.”

Police say possible infractions could include Criminal Code Impaired Driving, Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and Vehicle Impoundments for drivers being under the influence of alcohol. RCMP will also be on the look out to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy and will be conducting safety checks under the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (MVAR). Vehicles found not adhering to the MVAR may be removed from the roadway at the owners expense. Open liquor in vehicles and being drunk in public could also lead to fines under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

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