Plate checks nab unlicensed drivers, speeders

A three-day traffic enforcement campaign by local RCMP gives an indication of why traffic safety is one of the top priorities for the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment.

A three-day traffic enforcement campaign by local RCMP gives an indication of why traffic safety is one of the top priorities for the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment.

Local police have three units dedicated to traffic safety: North Okanagan Traffic Services, Integrated Road Services Unit and the Automated License Plate Recognition program.

On June 8, June 10 and June 11, two of the units ran more than 4,100 plates in our area. Over that three-day span, police issued 12 driver’s license offences and wrote seven tickets for speeding.

One ticket was issued for excessive speeding (174km/h in 90 zone) and, according to police, this driver was a passenger in a high-speed fatal crash one year ago.

Seven motorists were written up for no insurance offences, three people were driving without vehicle licenses and four vehicles were ticketed for vehicle defects (13 other vehicles were given warnings for vehicle defects).

One commercial vehicle was overloaded, six drivers were given alcohol-related suspensions and one driving prohibition was served on a driver.

There were 23 other vehicles that were stopped after hits being received that the owner (or primary operator) was prohibited or not in possession of a valid license.  During these stops officers found that it was not the indicated person who was driving.

“One of the most common hits is for no driver’s license,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “This can include people who don’t have a valid license, as well as people who are to be served prohibition notices.

“These types of hits are also received when the registered owner does not have a valid B.C. license related to the vehicle. We see this when someone from Alberta has a B.C. registered vehicle that they use when visiting here.”

Molendyk said all the traffic units will continue to work in the North Okanagan to assist in road safety initiatives to reduce speed and crashes.

“We want the motoring public to have a safe summer on our roads,” he said.

So far this year, there have been nine recorded deaths on local roadways, matching the number for all of 2010.