December 16, 2014 - 10:35 AM
VERNON - Police didn’t have to go far to catch and ticket a dozen drivers for not wearing seat belts.
RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says officers noticed numerous driving infractions right in front of the police station on 30 Street recently and decided to do something about it.
“So they did a little road check right by the Vernon police office, literally on this corner,” Molendyk says.
In an hour-and-a-half, the two officers conducting the check wrote 12 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt and one ticket for driving while on a cell phone.
“They said a few additional lucky ones got away while we were busy writing other tickets,” Molendyk says. “They just couldn’t believe it.”
Failing to wear a seatbelt carries a $167 fine. Driving while using a handheld electronic device can also carry a $167 fine, as well as three penalty points.
“We just want to remind everybody that even in town, and close to the police station, these types of violations happen and they need to adhere to all the rules and regulations under the Motor Vehicle Act,” Molendyk says.
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