Speeding fees add up

RCMP warn drivers there is no excuse for speeding, only tickets

Being late for work is no excuse for excessive speeding.

A local motorist found that out the hard way Monday morning.

“One of our officers stopped a driver going 141 kilometres an hour in the 90 zone near Bailey Road on Highway 97 south of town,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “He said he was late for work. Well, he ended up being really late because he had his vehicle impounded.”

If police catch a motorist going between 41 and 60 km/h over the posted speed limit anywhere, the fine is $368 and the vehicle is impounded. If it’s 61 km/h or more over the posted speed limit, the fine is $483 and the vehicle is impounded.

Plus, the motorist must ante up for the towing charge and to get the vehicle out of impound.

Fines ranges from $138 to going more than 21 km/h to $196 for being between 21 and 40 km/h over the posted limit.

If you are caught going between 21 and 40 km/h over the posted speed limit in a playground zone, the fine is $253.

Members of the RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services and Integrated Road Safety Unit continue to see high speeds on Highway 97 between Vernon and Kelowna.

“One officer said over the weekend he encountered five drivers that were just two or three kilometers under from having their vehicles impounded for seven days,” said Molendyk.

 

The police want to remind drivers they need to slow down as it is that time of year when motorists can start to encounter frost in certain areas in the morning hours.