West Kelowna: Highway 97 speeders targeted

Some motorists driving through the construction zone for the Westside interchange project learned an expensive lesson last week after being nabbed for speeding.

Following the resumption of road work on Highway 97, from the south side of the William R. Bennett bridge to Nancee Way, police have undertaken speed enforcement efforts.

The latest initiatives on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in a number of drivers being given tickets for speeding in a construction zone.

Twenty drivers were ticketed on Tuesday, with the top speed in the 60 km/hr zone clocked at 94 km/hr.

Another 20 drivers were cited on Wednesday, with the top speed recorded at 97 km/hr.

Police say the fines for speeding in a construction zone are higher than those for speeding against a highway sign “because of the risk to personnel and equipment working in proximity to the section of highway that the speed zone is designed to protect,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

Exceeding the speed limit by less than 21 km/hr in a construction zone results in a $196 fine, up from the usual $138 fine for speeding, while being caught in a construction zone going 21 to 40 kilometres over the limit will result in a fine of $253.

The fines increase for speeds beyond 40 km/hr beyond the speed limit, and are also coupled with vehicle impounds.

“The solution is simple,” said Holmes. “Please obey the speed signs and slow down. People’s lives depend on it.”


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