Driving

The fine for changing lanes or merging over a solid line costs drivers $109 and two penalty points in B.C. (Screenshot via Google Street View)

B.C. drivers caught crossing, merging over solid white lines face hefty fine

Ticket for $109, two penalty points issued under Motor Vehicle Act for crossing solid lines

The fine for changing lanes or merging over a solid line costs drivers $109 and two penalty points in B.C. (Screenshot via Google Street View)
City of Vernon crews are responding to a small sinkhole on Lakeshore Road in Vernon Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Contributed)

Sinkhole slows Vernon traffic

Lakeshore Road has been reduced to single-lane alternating traffic Saturday

City of Vernon crews are responding to a small sinkhole on Lakeshore Road in Vernon Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Contributed)
A map showing the location of a road closure and power outage on Eastside Road in Vernon Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Contributed)

Crews on scene to restore power, remove tree along Vernon’s Eastside Road

Traffic on Eastside Road is expected to resume by 5 p.m.

A map showing the location of a road closure and power outage on Eastside Road in Vernon Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Forsberg Road in Vernon has been closed due to downed power lines caused by strong winds Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Road closed in Silver Star area due to downed power lines

BC Hydro crews are currently on scene at Forsberg Road

Forsberg Road in Vernon has been closed due to downed power lines caused by strong winds Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Heavy snow is seen falling on Hwy 5 near the Britton Creek Rest Area. (DriveBC)

Drivers warned as Coquihalla hit by heavy snow

Heavy snow is currently falling on Hwy 5 between Hope and Merritt

Heavy snow is seen falling on Hwy 5 near the Britton Creek Rest Area. (DriveBC)
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the Village Green Shopping Centre in Vernon Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

Pedestrian struck at Vernon mall

Injuries unknown at this time; second pedestrian struck in two days

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the Village Green Shopping Centre in Vernon Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Traffic was slowed on Kalamalka Lake Road after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at 11th Avenue just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Kalamalka Lake Road in Vernon

Southbound traffic was detoured around the incident, which took place just before 5 p.m. Thursday

Traffic was slowed on Kalamalka Lake Road after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at 11th Avenue just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Before and after images of the City of Vernon's upgrades to 48th Avenue between 29th Street and Highway 97. (Contributed)

City of Vernon completes $18 million worth of infrastructure projects in 2020

Council has approved another $18.1 million in capital projects in 2021

Before and after images of the City of Vernon's upgrades to 48th Avenue between 29th Street and Highway 97. (Contributed)
Victoria-based driving instructors are concerned for their own and the community’s safety with the continued number of residents from COVID hotspots in the Lower Mainland coming to the city to take their driving road tests. (Black Press Media file photo)

Students from COVID hotspots travel to Vancouver Island for driving tests

Union leader calls on government to institute stronger travel ban

Victoria-based driving instructors are concerned for their own and the community’s safety with the continued number of residents from COVID hotspots in the Lower Mainland coming to the city to take their driving road tests. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elkhart Gas Station, located on Highway 97C about 60 kilometres west of Peachland, opened in November 2020. (Google maps)

The Okanagan Connector now has a gas station

The highway previously ran for over 117 kilometres without a place to fuel up

Elkhart Gas Station, located on Highway 97C about 60 kilometres west of Peachland, opened in November 2020. (Google maps)
A major reconstruction project on 32nd Avenue is nearing completion and the road is now re-opened to traffic between 33rd Street and 35th Street. (City of Vernon photo)

New traffic light among upgrades to downtown Vernon road

The light replaces a temporary four-way stop at 32nd Ave. and 34th St., which is now open to traffic

A major reconstruction project on 32nd Avenue is nearing completion and the road is now re-opened to traffic between 33rd Street and 35th Street. (City of Vernon photo)
The Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby has been closed to traffic other than small emergency vehicles and pedestrians by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure because of serious structural issues. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Repairs to closed bridge east of Enderby to begin Monday

Baxter Bridge is expected to be closed to vehicles for 3-6 weeks due to a structural failure

The Baxter Bridge at the north end of Trinity Valley Road east of Enderby has been closed to traffic other than small emergency vehicles and pedestrians by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure because of serious structural issues. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
An image of horses walking on Westside Road, shared Jan. 25, 2020. (Carly Jones/Facebook)

Horse struck by vehicle on Westside Road

Witness says impatient driver hit the horse near the Little Kingdom store Wednesday morning

An image of horses walking on Westside Road, shared Jan. 25, 2020. (Carly Jones/Facebook)
When you see amber, red or blue flashing lights on the roadside, slow down and move over to a free lane. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Slow down, move over for roadside crews: BCAA, Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna RCMP said there have been 13 deaths and 204 roadside injuries in the last decade

When you see amber, red or blue flashing lights on the roadside, slow down and move over to a free lane. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Lumby council voted in favour of reducing the speed limit to 30 km/h along Norris Avenue and installing a four-way stop intersection at Miller Street, at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Google Maps)

Safety improvements coming to Lumby intersection

Council voted to lower the speed limit and add a four-way stop at Miller St. and Norris Ave.

Lumby council voted in favour of reducing the speed limit to 30 km/h along Norris Avenue and installing a four-way stop intersection at Miller Street, at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Google Maps)
Chase RCMP requesting witnesses to Oct. 10, 2020 incident involving a vehicle chase between a Jeep and motorcycle followed by a firearm being shot at a Scotch Creek home. (File photo)

Ongoing feud, racing vehicles in Shuswap keep police scrambling

Chase RCMP report one day in October meant leaving incidents to respond to others, witnesses wanted

Chase RCMP requesting witnesses to Oct. 10, 2020 incident involving a vehicle chase between a Jeep and motorcycle followed by a firearm being shot at a Scotch Creek home. (File photo)
City of Vernon crews will be working on handful of underground utilities projects which require temporary road closures and detours beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Black Press file photo)

More detours coming to Vernon roads next week

City crews will be working on several underground utilities projects starting Monday

City of Vernon crews will be working on handful of underground utilities projects which require temporary road closures and detours beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Black Press file photo)
Chase RCMP hear varying versions of why crash on Sept. 23 occurred. (File photo)

Loud warning sound in car blamed for North Shuswap crash

Chase RCMP hear different version of events from witness

Chase RCMP hear varying versions of why crash on Sept. 23 occurred. (File photo)
Winter tires or chains are required on most highway routes in BC from Oct. 1 to April 30. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Winter tires or chains are required on most highway routes in BC from Oct. 1 to April 30. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Polson Park is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic as construction work continues. The traffic loop is expected to reopen Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Debbie Gibson photo)

Vernon’s Polson Park temporarily closed to vehicles

Upgrades are underway on the multi-use path at the south end of the park

Polson Park is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic as construction work continues. The traffic loop is expected to reopen Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Debbie Gibson photo)