Alberta RCMP and Parkland County Enforcement Services will be stepping up traffic enforcement around in Parkland County this weekend.
Police took the unusual step of warning drivers they can expect an increased traffic enforcement presence this weekend around Highway 627 as well as other roadways in the area, in a news release Saturday.
Highway 627 runs past GraceLife Church, which was shuttered by Alberta Health Services earlier this week after months of hosting Sunday services that were found to be in violation of public health rules. Supporters of the church have gathered in the area since it was closed.
Online posts show there is a planned convoy travelling from Calgary to GraceLife this Sunday to show their support for the church and protest its closure.
Police warned that all traffic violations will be enforced, including parking violations. They also asked pedestrians to follow traffic laws such as jaywalking and stunting.
RCMP spokeswoman Const. Kathleen Fossen said the increased enforcement doesn’t necessarily have to do with the church. She said the RCMP’s traffic unit patrols various areas at different times and this weekend it will be in the area around Range Road 627.
“Our traffic unit goes from area to area so, from what I understand, it’s just the area’s turn,” said Fossen.
Fabrice de Dongo, media relations manager for the National Police Federation, said they are aware of the convoy and will have representatives at the scene in Parkland County.