Heavy traffic due to Atlanticade 2010 motorcycle festival in New Brunswick

District 1 RCMP are alerting drivers and urging all users of the highways in Charlotte County to be extra vigilant over the next several days, as heavier than usual volumes of traffic are expected during the Atlanticade 2010 motorcycle festival taking place in the area from June 30 to July 4.

Events associated with Atlanticade 2010, while based in St. Andrews, will be taking place throughout Charlotte County and the City of Saint John and are expected to draw large numbers of motorcycle enthusiasts from the Atlantic Provinces and New England. Organizers are preparing for the participation of several thousand riders over the four day festival, that will be culminating on Sunday afternoon, July 4, in a massed group ride of all participants from St. Andrews to the St. Stephen waterfront.

"We are urging all motorists to use extra care and to be prepared for the possibility of occasional delays," says Sgt. Greg MacAvoy of the District 1 Charlotte and the Isles RCMP. " It is hoped that with some patience by all and courtesy toward other road users, everyone will safely enjoy this festival as well as the various Canada Day and Fourth of July celebrations taking place over the next few days."

The RCMP will have additional personnel on duty during this week and will also be supplemented by members of the Saint John and Rothesay Regional Police Departments.

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