RCMP target speeders; hand out 74 charges in one day

KAMLOOPS - RCMP had a busy Tuesday in north Kamloops.

According to a Kamloops RCMP press release, 74 tickets or charges were laid during a speed enforcement project. The release says the police’s traffic unit targeted the Halston Bridge as well as Westsyde Road and Parkcrest Road on Tuesday, May 10.

Of the charges announced, 59 were for speeding and one was for excessive speeding with a driver recorded at 122 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. Other charges included disobeying a traffic sign, failure to stop at a red light and driving contrary to restrictions.

The release says the traffic section is warning drivers future enforcement in the city will focus on speeding, impairment and distracted driving.

RCMP issued 27 tickets for speed violations on April 29 in an enforcement project.

The traffic enforcement announcement follows public forums with the RCMP where residents brought up concerns about speeding in Kamloops, with some specifically identifying Westsyde Road as a problem area. In the release Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the forums told police traffic issues are a community priority.

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