The RCMP is reminding northern drivers to follow the rules of the road, even when traveling across winter routes.

On Friday, officers from Alberta and Saskatchewan conducted a traffic blitz along the road between Fort McMurray and La Loche.

Out of a total of 480 vehicles checked, 30 charges were laid and about 30 traffic tickets handed out.

RCMP Sergeant Craig Cleary says the offences noted during the patrols were varied.

“Whether it be Criminal Code charges of breaching release conditions that they were on, obstruction, to various alcohol and gaming regulation act (offences) – open liquor, drunk in a public place,” he says. “Traffic safety act violations were also noted of no operator’s licence, driving while suspended and such.”

Cleary notes provincial traffic regulations are in effect on winter ice roads.

He also reminds drivers to make preparations to deal with the cold conditions.

“Always ensure that your vehicle is properly equipped for the weather. Emergency kits are strongly recommended. Make sure that you have your cell phones. And let people know where you’re going and when your anticipated arrival time is.”

Cleary says winter traffic blitzes are also being conducted in other northern communities including La Ronge.