Lack of mandatory device lands Vernon driver in trouble

A Vernon woman allegedly driving at a high rate of speed is facing more trouble than just going fast.

A Vernon woman allegedly driving at a high rate of speed is facing more trouble than just going fast.

A Vernon RCMP officer noticed a car driving at a high rate of speed Friday in the 6000 block of Okanagan Landing Road.

“The vehicle was a 1999 Honda Civic, being driven by a 31-year-old woman,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The registered owner of the car was the passenger.”

A screening device demand was given to the driver and police state she failed.

The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle, and was taken into custody.

She was later released on a promise to appear in court.

Molendyk said the driver could face further sanctions, including some possible jail time, because she failed to operate the vehicle with an interlock device, a condition that is handed out when a person loses their driver’s licence for a prior impaired driving charge.

“This individual had her licence reinstated with conditions that the interlock device be utilized at all times,” said Molendyk.

An interlock is an electronic device that ties into a vehicle’s electrical system and monitors a driver’s blood-alcohol content.

The driver must blow into the device to present a blood-alcohol reading as they start up the car.

Even on lengthy road trips, the driver will be asked to pull over several times for a level reading.

If the level is too high, the vehicle will be shut down.