While the number of calls is on par with last year, impaired driving charges have gone down significantly at Country Thunder Saskatchewan, according to RCMP.
Mounties reported one major incident – a domestic assault that resulted in charges – as the country music festival kicked off Thursday. That same night, there were two cases of impaired driving around the music festival: one on-site and another on the highway. Neither resulted in charges.
Thirty-two calls were made to RCMP on the second night of the festival, including one case of sexual assault involving inappropriate touching over clothes. No charges were pursued in that case.
Mounties also noted one case of public nudity Friday night, which involved dancing. In their daily report, RCMP reminded fans who feel inspired to “dance like nobody’s watching” to keep in mind they do, in fact, have an audience.
Saturday was busy for law enforcement at Country Thunder with 51 calls for service. Among them, one missing person, who RCMP said was in their care at the time of the report.
In the day three update, RCMP said they were pleased to report no charges had been laid this year in relation to impaired driving on-site at Country Thunder. Only one impaired driving incident ended in charges all weekend — that was in the surrounding area. Last year, three people were charged with impaired driving at the music festival.
Many fans said the police presence makes for a safer experience out at Country Thunder Saskatchewan.