Police continue crackdown on poor driving

Travelling 160 km/h was just the start of problems for a Vernon man Saturday morning.

The man was stopped by police just after 9 a.m. on Highway 97 near Crystal Waters Road after having been clocked going 160 km/h.

“An odour of liquor was detected on the driver’s breath which resulted in a roadside screening test,” said Vernon RCMP Cpl. Gerry Kovacs.

The 28-year-old man was handed a  three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

In total last week, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers issued one 24-hour prohibition, one three-day IRP and two 90-day IRPs.

There was one impaired driver and police impounded five vehicles for such offences as driving while disqualified and excessive speed.

“We have committed to ensuring safe roads in our community as a strategic priority for 2011,” said Kovacs. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals that pose a risk to other users of our roadways. Buckle up, slow down and drive safely.

  • Vernon officers from North Okanagan Traffic Services and the Integrated Road Safety Unit teamed up with CN Police last week during National Rail Safety Week to focus on rail crossing safety.

“An amazing 171 charges for failing to stop at railway crossings were laid,” said Kovacs.

There were 18 other traffic-related charges, 20 warnings and one vehicle was towed for being too close to the rail tracks.