Motorists urged to slow down

The brakes are being put on excessive speeders.

Two motorists put the pedal to the metal on North Okanagan highways over the weekend, but that soon caught the attention of the RCMP.

“Every week, our officers come across individuals with excessive speeding,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“Any time a vehicle is more than 40 kilometres an hour over the posted limit, the risk of injury or death increases.”

On Saturday at about 1 p.m., an officer pulled over a vehicle doing 144 kilometres an hour in a 100-kilometre zone at Otter Lake Cross Road and Highway 97A in Spallumcheen.

The 35-year-old Lumby man driving the vehicle was issued tickets for speeding, failing to display his novice sign, not having an appropriate supervisor present while he is a novice driver and not producing a driver’s license.

Two other individuals were present in the vehicle, but one had an indefinite suspension under the Motor Vehicle Act while the other passenger had an invalid driver’s license.

It would appear that the three individuals worked at the same place and were traveling together. After this all three could be without a driver license.

The other incident occurred Sunday at about 3:25 p.m. on Highway 97 between Vernon and Oyama when an officer registered a vehicle doing 150 kilometres an hour in a 90-kilometre zone.

The Vernon woman had purchased the car three days before.

“She wanted to test it on the highway,” said Molendyk.

“I guess the thrill of a new vehicle was too much.”

The driver was issued a $368 ticket for excessive speeding and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On March 28, officers conducted an enforcement operation throughout the region. During the single-day exercise, 69 speeding tickets were handed out.


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