RNC media relations officer Const. James Cadigan says there have been tickets issued in relation to people breaking the State of Emergency (SOE) rules.
Most of them during the first couple days after Friday's major storm.
“There were tickets issued in relation to failure to comply,” he said. “That would have been over the weekend when the community was completely inaccessible and anyone on the road was showing disregard for the state of emergency.”
Unless given permission by the municipality, the RNC still needs people to stay off the roads, he said. However, the SOE is in a different stage than it was Saturday and the RNC understands there is some confusion.
“Early in the game it was a pretty black and white scenario,” he said. “Now we’ve kind of shifted to a different process. I think as this has been flowing in the stages it has, we’ve all adapted to the needs of the community.
“Our officers are taking on whatever role is necessary to aid the community at this time... we are trying to ensure people are getting their needs met.”
He says the RNC is currently working to deliver medications and transport people to cancer treatment and dialysis appointments, amongst other things.
“It’s taken a jump outside of regular policing activities,” Cadigan said. “We’re just trying to work with the community to make sure everybody gets through this safe.”
Cadigan said the community needs to be commended for their collaboration with the RNC and for coming together during this difficult time.