Vernon motorists not getting ‘bus only’ message

Vernon motorists still need to learn that a former downtown street is now for buses only.

Vernon motorists still need to learn that a former downtown street is now for buses only.

The Vernon RCMP detachment has received several complaints about near accidents with pedestrians in the bus zone between 30th and 31st Streets by the bus depot and Cenotaph Park.

“Vehicles going through this area on several occasions have almost hit bus passengers that are crossing to catch buses,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

An officer working the road Tuesday morning – in one half-hour stretch – wrote eight traffic violations for disobeying a traffic control device, which is a sign posted saying “buses only.” The fine is $121.

“The officer said he could have written double that, as many cars drove past while he was writing up tickets to drivers he stopped,” said Molendyk.

The Vernon RCMP would like to remind Vernon residents that this section of street is for buses only, and it is clearly marked.

“Traffic enforcement will continue in the area to bring awareness to the problem before we have an injury to a pedestrian,” said Molendyk.