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Halston Connector sees speed, drugs

Radar enforcement on Halston Avenue has RCMP concerned over speeds used on the roadway.
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October 31, 2013 - 5:08 PM

KAMLOOPS – Members of Tk'emlups Rural RCMP taking part in radar enforcement on the Halston Connector were 'shocked' by what they found Wednesday afternoon.

Speeds were so high that officers didn't bother to stop anyone going 30 kilometres per hour or less over the speed limit. Staff Sgt. Doug Aird says while they didn't get anyone doubling the speed limit this time around it has been known to happen regularly in that area.

“We were getting all kinds going 50 km/h over,” he says. “We found out we definitely need to step up enforcement there.”

Officers were set up to stop traffic heading towards the highway and within the first half an hour had already stopped a handful of cars before coming across a driver carrying two large bags of marijuana, scales, baggies and cash inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking. A little later another driver was found to be suspended and will also appear in court at a later date.

The posted speed limit in the area is 70 km/h because it is a high collision area. Aird notes he personally has attended four bad accidents at the intersection of Salish Road and Halston Avenue and is surprised there hasn't been any fatalities.

Any drivers travelling in excess of 50 km/h over the limit face automatic impoundment of the vehicle for seven days, a $368 fine and six points on their license.

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