Speed and alcohol a factor in Carmi collision

PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP are concerned about motorists driving at excessive speeds on Carmi Road above Sendero Canyon.

Last week several youths in a 1994 Toyota drove off Carmi Road, luckily escaping with just bumps and bruises, though one occupant possibly suffered broken ribs, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Ted Manchulenko says.

It is believed speed was a factor in the March 15 crash, which wrote off the vehicle.

The 27-year-old driver failed a roadside sobriety test and as a result faces a significant number of fines related to impaired driving, speeding and other traffic violations.

"The area up there — Carmi Road, Saliken Drive and Sendero Canyon — hasn’t been an ongoing problem, but we have had a couple of issues relating to vehicles racing down Carmi, “ Manchulenko says.

Manchulenko is also advising bicyclists to be cautious and wear appropriate protective gear, including a helmet, when enjoying the spring-like conditions in the Okanagan. He also warns cyclists not to use the sidewalks.

“Pay attention to the rules of the road, and pay attention to everyone else,” he says, adding even if a cyclist is in the right in the event of a collision, it’s likely the cyclist will suffer the most damage.

Manchulenko notes there have not been any incidents involving cyclists so far this year.

Police are concerned about several incidents of speeding in the Carmi Road and Saliken Drive area this year.
Police are concerned about several incidents of speeding in the Carmi Road and Saliken Drive area this year.
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