Excessive speed still an issue on local highway

Total of 127 tickets issued over weekend on Highway 97 between Vernon and Lake Country

  • Aug. 15, 2014 1:00 p.m.

People continue to be in a big hurry on North Okanagan highways.

The RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services and Central Okanagan Traffic Services (Kelowna) worked in a combined effort over the weekend to deal with the summer traffic issues on Highway 97 between Vernon and Lake Country.

“Our officers worked two stationary Lazer operations that were conducted on Highway 97 by Rawthorne Road,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

In total, 127 tickets were written, over the weekend.

Speed was up again with five people being charged for excessive speeding; speeds of 47, 54, 49, 56, and 48 km over the posted speed limit were observed.

One vehicle was stopped for speeding on Sunday doing 120 km in a 90-zone. On closer check, the out-of-province driver blew a ‘Warn,’ and was given a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition as well as the speeding ticket.

A total of 14 tickets were issued for no seatbelts, there was one open liquor in the vehicle ticket, four no valid driver’s license, and two tickets were issued as the motorists had no insurance.

One vehicle owner learned the hard way about letting someone drive a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

“The 35-year-old male was operating a woman’s car when he was stopped,” said Molendyk.

“It turned out he was an unlicensed driver, and the Motor Vehicle Branch imposed a seven-day impound on the vehicle he was driving.

“The end result is the owner of the car is now without the vehicle for seven days.”