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RCMP blame Hell's Angels poker run for Kelowna traffic jam

September 24, 2018 - 2:41 PM

KELOWNA - The annual Hell's Angels Poker Run was behind some extra traffic congestion in Kelowna on the weekend.

Police say there were approximately 90 people taking part in the poker run from Kelowna to Vernon via Glenmore Road on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Officers issued a number of violation tickets to riders involved in the poker run including the person riding the lead bike who allegedly failed to obey a traffic light and then held up five blocks of traffic, according to an RCMP media release.

“The driver of the lead bike was pulled over and issued a violation ticket after refusing to advance at an unobstructed green light,” Const. Lesley Smith says in a media release. “The driver was waiting for the entire group to line up and despite a clear direction from the Kelowna RCMP member on scene to drive forward, the lead driver remained stationary at the green light."

The lead biker was stopped and issued a ticket for failing to obey a traffic control device, Smith says, which resulted in the entire ride coming to a halt as the participants did not know the marked route to Vernon and were waiting for the leader.

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