Speeding raises concern

Up until May 23, the RCMP have pulled over 16 excessive speeders in the North Okanagan

North Okanagan motorists are being urged to slow down.

Up until May 23, the RCMP have pulled over 16 excessive speeders in the North Okanagan. That compares to 25 during all of 2013.

“There are some in the city, some out towards Armstrong and some on the highway (towards Oyama),” said Gord Molendyk, detachment spokesperson.

Excessive speeding is considered to be anything more than 40 kilometres over the posted speed limit.

“People are not paying attention to what the speed limit is,” said Molendyk, adding that while they may be in a hurry to get somewhere, those motorists are putting themselves and others on the road at risk.

If you are pulled over for excessive speeding, your vehicle is impounded for a week.

You also have to pay the cost of having your vehicle towed, there is a fine and your insurance could be impacted.

“It could be a couple of thousand bucks,” said Molendyk of the cumulative effect.

Vehicle in lake, driver OK

A motorist was found uninjured even though his vehicle was found in a mountain lake.

On May 24 at about 7:20 p.m., the North Okanagan RCMP received a call about a single-vehicle accident on Highway 6 at McIntyre Lake, between Cherryville and the Arrow Lakes.

“The vehicle was described as partially submerged and there appeared to be no one with the vehicle,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“Our officers made patrols of the area. To rule out the possibility the occupants were ejected, the police dogs were called in to assist and they were not able to find anyone.”

Officers completed the accident investigation and the vehicle was removed from the lake.

North Okanagan officers then contacted their counterparts with the Nakusp RCMP and they visited the Fauquier residence of the vehicle’s registered owner.

“He was not home when they attempted to speak to him but they later were able to speak to him and learned he was OK,” said Molendyk.

“Investigators were not able to prove that alcohol was a factor but it is highly suspected in this case.”