Road Safety Week enforced

On May 9, three members conducted an aggressive driving enforcement campaign on Highway 97 near Oyama

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP’s traffic services and integrated road safety unit members got a head start on Canada Road Safety Week (May 13-20).

Road Safety Week is a national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

On May 9, three members conducted an aggressive driving enforcement campaign on Highway 97 near Oyama.

“Over the course of two hours, 30 violation tickets were issued for speeding along with six tickets for not having a valid licence or other traffic offences,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Two vehicles were impounded for seven days and their drivers were charged with excessive speed for travelling 45- and 53-km/h in excess of the posted 90 km/h speed limit.

They were trumped Saturday when another vehicle was impounded for the excessive speed of 114 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

“That’s 64 km/h over the speed limit, at night, and he was passing cars through a turn lane,” said Molendyk.

Road Safety Week is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.

Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

“The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk,” said Molendyk. “These are impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving.  All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate.”