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Three strikes and you're paying for it

Guy Ramsay with Citizens on Patrol is documenting the number of drivers speeding on Summit Drive. The posted limit is 60 kilometres per hour.
June 23, 2015 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Mounties and community volunteers were out in full force on one of the city’s busiest roadways today, June 23, to remind people of the dangers and price of speeding.

Citizens on patrol are stationed near Guerin Creek Way off of Summit Drive to count the number of drivers going above the 60 kilometres per hour speed limit.

“The highest we’ve seen so far is 83 kilometres per hour,” Guy Ramsay, a volunteer with speed watch, says.

Cpl. Brian O’Callaghan, who manages the RCMP traffic unit, says Summit Drive is one of the city’s problem areas in terms of speeding. Today’s monitoring is a three-strike warning to drivers. The first warning is the posted speed limit, then the citizen’s on patrol digital speed reading. If drivers continue speeding towards the hairpin turn at the bottom of Summit, they’ll face strike three — a parked RCMP vehicle with an officer prepared to hand out tickets.

“We’ve had a few excessive speeders,” O’Callaghan says.

The price range for speeding tickets can range from $138 to $460. If a driver is caught speeding 40 km/h over the limit, they can be ticketed for excessive speeding which not only carries a heavy fine, but can also result in vehicle impoundment.

“We’re just out to educate the public,” Ramsay says. “Slow down; speed kills.”

He says volunteers will also be on the lookout for distracted driving and cell phone use. Drivers caught using cell phones will have their license plates recorded and will receive a letter in the mail.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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