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Wifi coming to two Hwy16 rest stops

The provincial government will be installing wireless internet access at 25 rest stops around the province in a bid to cut down on distracted driving.

They are hoping drivers are encouraged to pull over to use their phones.

In the first phase of the roll out, which will include five locations, two stops along Highway 16 will get WiFi.

* Britton Creek Hwy 5 – 67km south of Merritt
* Mt Terry Fox Hwy 16 – 6km east of Tete Jaune
* Galena Bay Hwy 23 – 49km north of Nakusp
* Glacier View Hwy 16 – 7km north of Smithers
* Taylor River Hwy 4 – 37km west of Port Alberni

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“This is not only about providing important support for travellers and commercial truck drivers, it also demonstrates this government’s commitment to improving safety, comfort and convenience at rest areas throughout the province and this kind of connectivity is an important part of that,” said Prince George – Valemount MLA Shirley Bond in a statement.

The first five stops will be up and running by spring 2017.

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