Labour Day traffic keeps North Okanagan RCMP officers busy

People seemed to be in a hurry to get to their respective homes Monday.

People seemed to be in a hurry to get to their respective homes Monday.

North Okanagan RCMP officers were busy on the long weekend conducting traffic stops on Highways 97 and 97A, as well as various points throughout the city.

On Labour Day, police worked a little bit more as they issued 51 speeding tickets. Overall during their four-day campaign, police issued 101 speeding tickets.

“The campaign was aimed at speed, as well, officers were looking for seatbelt and using electronic device offences,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

RCMP ticketed two motorists for excessive speed. One motorist was going 67 kilometres/hour over the posted limit, the other was clocked at 54 km/h above the limit.

A total of 33 motorists over the four-day initiative were ticketed for seatbelt violations. Four people were caught using a cell phone.

Police issued 75 other violations and wrote 28 notice and orders, meaning there was likely some kind of defect on the vehicle.

On Tuesday, school started in the North Okanagan.

RCMP are reminding motorists that school speed zones are now in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Police also caution drivers to be aware that school buses are now stopping regularly on the roads during their routes.

“It is illegal to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing, and you will receive a ticket,” said Molendyk. “We just want motorists to be careful. We want to start the school year off on a good, happy, healthy note.”