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Police prepared for party at Country Thunder festival
An RCMP vehicle is seen on the Craven festival grounds in this undated file photo.
Published Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:33PM CST
Police are ensuring they’re prepared for the party as Country Thunder gets underway in Craven.
The country music festival is expected to draw 20,000 people to Craven this weekend.
RCMP will have more than 40 officers stationed on site and on surrounding highways each day during the three-day festival. Officers will focus on keeping impaired drivers off the road.
"We have people that are trained in impaired driving – in investigation, but also in detecting signs of impairment," RCMP Sgt. Craig Cleary said at a news conference Thursday.
"So both on site, as well as outside the event site, we are adequately prepared."
The gates to the festival grounds opened earlier this week, but police say they have not yet responded to any calls for service.
Mounties responded to 114 calls for service at last year’s festival and 149 in 2015.