Man fined for ignoring barricade, prompting rescue
Manitoba RCMP warn motorists to respect all road barricades following rescue
May 20, 2022, 1:21 pm
At 8:15 am on May 19, the Manitoba RCMP received an urgent call from a motorist requesting assistance as he was stranded in his vehicle on Provincial Road 200 just north of St. Adolphe in the RM of Ritchot. The caller indicated that water was coming into his vehicle, that it had reached his steering wheel, and that he couldn’t get out through the doors or windows.
Officers from the St-Pierre-Jolys Detachment and the local fire department immediately responded. Firefighters were able to safely rescue the 21-year-old male from Winnipeg.
The investigation has determined that the male had driven past the barricades on Provincial Road 200 and quickly became stranded.
“We all know that there is overland flooding throughout areas of our province and that this flooding has resulted in a number of road closures,” said Corporal Julie Courchaine of the Manitoba RCMP. “The barricades are in place to keep everyone safe. No one should ever try to bypass them under any circumstance.”
The 21-year-old male was issued a $237 fine under the Highway Traffic Act for disobeying a prohibition or restriction imposed on the use of a highway.