March 09, 2015 - 1:23 PM
CENTRAL OKANAGAN - It's getting nice outside and with more drivers leaving their dens for the open road RCMP traffic enforcement operations are ramping up to catch those who drive faster than the posted speed limits.
A few hours were spent on the new section of Highway 97 between Oyama and Winfield Sunday afternoon, March 8, and Mounties say some pretty dramatic speeds were recorded. A number of drivers were caught travelling 50 km/h over the posted 100 km/h speed limit, according to a media release.
RCMP say there were nine tickets handed out for exessive speed with the vehicles involved impounded, including a "L" class driver with the driver's mom as supervisor, and three drivers displaying an "N." Police also handed out nine speeding tickets, six warnings and two violations for other offences.
The previous weekend in West Kelowna, officers set up Saturday morning on Dobbin Road at Herbert Road handing out 38 tickets for speeding.
As well, one vehicle was impounded for excessive speed, there was a marijuana seizure, a person received a 90-day roadside prohibition, two drivers were caught without insurance, a driver was behind the wheel while prohibited and another was transporting occupants without seatbelts, police say. A couple of people failed to display their "N", two more disobeyed a traffic device and nine warnings were given for defective vehicles.
“As the weather gets better, we often see speeds increase which dramatically affects the safety of all road users,” RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan says in the media release. “Please slow down, obey all road signs, and help us all get to our destinations safely.”
Speeding can earn a driver a fine of between $368 to $483. The mandatory minimum vehicle impound is for seven days.
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