July 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM
The temperature is not the only thing to soar during summer holidays. A number of motorists travelling on Highway 97 last Friday were caught speeding well above the limit and police were there to catch them.
On their June 28 pre-long weekend enforcement the Central Okanagan Traffic Service handed out 74 speeding tickets to motorists heading into Kelowna on the Coquihalla Connector.
One motorist was caught driving at 191 kilometers an hour in a 110 kilometer zone.
Three of the tickets were issued for excessive speeding and the motorists were required to hand over their vehicles for a seven day impoundment. Mandatory impoundment is also accompanied with fines ranging from $368 to $483 for excessive speeding.
RCMP were stationed at multiple locations, catching some motorists twice for speeding. The enforcement patrol is intended to keep summer speeding behavior in check and prevent car crashes.
RCMP Const. Kris Clark says the goal is to send motorists a strong message about dangerous driving.
"The hope is to slow people down for the rest of the summer," Clark says. Traffic patrols will continue throughout the season.
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