Tints keep police busy

RCMP officers conducted a check-stop near the overpass Aug. 23

Alarms are being sounded after numerous infractions were found on Vernon’s Highway 97.

RCMP officers conducted a check-stop near the overpass Aug. 23 and 14 tickets were handed out to motorists not wearing seatbelts while 24 vehicles had tinted windows.

“They couldn’t believe the number not wearing seatbelts,” said Gord Molendyk, detachment spokesperson.

As for tinting specifically applied to the driver and passenger front windows, it is not permitted under B.C.’s motor vehicle act.

“It’s a safety issue,” said Molendyk.

“There is the potential  for liability of a vehicle was in an accident and vision was impaired.”

Violation tickets worth $109 were issued and about one-third of them went to motorists from other jurisdictions where tinting also is not allowed.

“Police will continue to take enforcement action with motorists found operating vehicles with window tint,” said Molendyk.

“Simply driving in B.C. while operating a vehicle which is licensed in another province is not an exemption.”