Drivers not buckling up

North Okanagan RCMP issue 22 tickets for no seatbelts in one day

Local RCMP officers are concerned about the number of motorists and passengers not wearing seatbelts.

Local RCMP officers are concerned about the number of motorists and passengers not wearing seatbelts.

North Okanagan drivers are still not getting the message about wearing seatbelts.

Less than a month after 17 motorists were ticketed for seatbelt infractions during a traffic enforcement initiative by the local RCMP detachment, the number went higher at the latest road check.

“Members of North Okanagan Traffic Services conducted a one-day enforcement in Vernon, checking for seatbelt use and distracted devices, mainly cell phones, and our officers wrote 22 tickets for no seatbelts,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Five motorists were given tickets for using their cell phones while driving.

The fine is the same for both offences, $167.

Other tickets issued by officers during the enforcement included one each for failing to stop at an intersection and failing to stop for a yellow light.

Three drivers were given tickets for not having Ns on their vehicle while still being in the novice stage of driving.

One person was ticketed for failing to stop for a police officer. Another was given an infraction for failing to produce a driver’s licence.

Eleven vehicles were given notice of order for having vehicle defects and there was one small marijuana seizure.

 

Over the past week, two people were charged with impaired driving, and there were four 24-hour suspensions issued by police officers.