Speeders dominate RCMP traffic statistics

North Okanagan motorists apparently in a hurry to get to turkey dinner

People were apparently in a hurry to get to their turkey dinners.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services (NOTS) wrote more than 100 speeding tickets on the Thanksgiving weekend.

“There were actually 103 violation tickets issued for speeding,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Cpl. Gerry Kovacs. “Two vehicles were impounded for excessive speeding (travelling more than 40 km/h over the posted speed limit). Those motorists get the added bonus of having to pay for the impoundment along with the substantial fine ($368).”

Police also issued 28 other infractions during their weekend enforcement, which centre mainly on the Highway 97 and 97A corridors, along with Highway 6.

“They were busy, that’s a lot of people being stopped,” said Kovacs.

Over the past week, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP issued five 24-hour driving prohibitions, ticketed one motorist for impaired driving and there were 13 vehicle impounds, 10 of which came from the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program.

Of the 10, seven drivers were given 90-day prohibitions and three received three-day IRPs.


Vernon Morning Star