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Vernon resident caught for 28th time not wearing seatbelt

A Vernon resident falls into the category of people who simply do not want to wear a seatbelt in a vehicle.

The man was given his 28th ticket for not wearing a seatbelt by North Okanagan Traffic Services (NOTS) officers.

“He feels it is better not to be restrained in a crash,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, adding the gentleman was given a $167 ticket and the motor vehicle branch has been made aware of the situation.

“There is also the possibility of a driving prohibition from ICBC in the future,” said Molendyk.

Speed is also an issue NOTS officers have to contend with.

On the first official day of spring Thursday, shortly after 6 a.m., NOTS officers working Highway 97 south near Westridge Road noticed a work vehicle coming at them at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was clocked at 142 km/h in a 90 km/h zone.

“The vehicle was stopped and impounded for seven days,” said Molendyk. “It is not a great way to start the day for the owner of the vehicle, losing your work vehicle for a week.”

And, Saturday at around 11:30 p.m., a NOTS officer was coming into Vernon down Hospital Hill when he noticed a vehicle going uphill at a high speed.

The officer, in a fully marked police car, turned around, and came up behind the vehicle, obtaining a speed reading of 139 km/h in the 90 km/h zone.

The 19-year-old female driver from Kelowna is a Class 7 Novice driver who was given a ticket for excessive speeding ($368 fine) and her vehicle was impounded for seven days.

 

 

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