Stay off closed ice roads

Photo credit Melinda Trochu

That’s the message the GNWT was pushing ahead of the long weekend after a large number of drivers were spotted trying to cross the closed Dettah Ice crossing.

Deputy Minister of Asset Management with the Department of Infrastructure Kevin McLeod says not only is it dangerous, but there’s also a hefty fine.

“It is more than an 800 dollar fine, but more importantly they could get themselves into a situation that’s unsafe such as losing a vehicle and putting themselves in significant danger,” McLeod told CKLB on Thursday.

Aside from the risk of going through the ice, McLeod stressed that there is no patrols or little help for drivers who illegally drive on the closed roads. The cost of retrieving a vehicle that goes through the ice falls on the driver of the vehicle.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He worked as a sports writer in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Between journalistic duties in the NWT and Yukon, Campbell was a speechwriter for former NWT MP Dennis Bevington, and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.

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