Warning issued to North Okanagan speeders

A West Kelowna woman has prompted Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP to provide yet another reminder for motorists to slow down.

On Thursday, at around 2:15 p.m., a North Okanagan Traffic Services member checked a motorist traveling 148 kilometres an hour on Highway 97 south of Vernon.

“That’s 58 kilometres an hour over the posted speed limit,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The 48-year-old woman had been drinking so she was given a roadside test where she provided breath samples that were just below the legal limit.

The woman was issued a $368 speeding ticket, and given a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) which carried with it a $200 penalty and her vehicle was impounded for seven days.

“With winter driving conditions upon us, motorists need to adjust their driving habits,” said Molendyk. “Slow down, increase your following distance, leave your cell phone alone, and especially don’t drive if you’ve had too many drinks.”

Members of NOTS and the Integrated Road Safety Unit conducted a pair of CounterAttack road checks over the weekend in the North Okanagan.

Four motorists were issued 90-day IRPs for failing their tests. Two people were given IRP warnings, one motorist was taken off the road for 24 hours for being impaired by drugs and there were three minor drug seizures.

Police also issued 22 speeding tickets during the road checks, wrote three seatbelt violation tickets and there were 23 other violations. A total of 25 written warnings were also handed out.

Over the past week in the North Okanagan, there were five 24-hour prohibitions (three for drugs, two alcohol-related), five three-day IRPs and the four 90-day IRPs.

There were no impaired drivers and eight vehicles were impounded.



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