As people take the high road tomorrow during Vancouver’s annual 420 event, police are advising motorists that getting around in the downtown core could be a bit of a trip – particularly around both Sunset Beach and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Vancouver police say traffic will also “likely be disrupted” on Beach Avenue between Burrard and Broughton street for most of the day.
An additional gathering is expected in the area of the Vancouver Art Gallery, with potential traffic disruptions on Robson Street between Hornby and Howe Street as well.
Last year, tens of thousands of people congregated around Sunset Beach for the annual 420 smoke out, which was the largest gathering of its kind in Canada.
And once again, police, paramedic, and fire officers will be onsite to monitor the event, along with staff from the City of Vancouver and the parks board.
“Public safety remains our top priority,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette. “We will continue to weigh the rights of individuals to have their voice heard, while working to minimize the impact that has on others.”
Officers will also be looking for drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol, Doucette added.
Drivers can expect to see “police drug recognition experts” and officers equipped with alcohol screening devices on the roads throughout the day as well.