Labour Day drivers keep cops busy

The Labour Day weekend was busy for motorists, and busy for police who were out and about ensuring road safety.

Central Okanagan RCMP Traffic Services were set up in several spots in and around the Kelowna area, from Sept. 2 to 4.

The results were both impressive and disconcerting.

A total of 292 tickets or warnings were handed out to motorists, 197 of them for speeding alone.

Twenty-three warnings were issued included demands for vehicular defect corrections and vehicle safety inspections.

Twelve motorists were given tickets for not wearing seat belts.

The rest of the violation tickets were for infractions such as no insurance, no driver’s licence, disobeying a stop sign, failing to yield, cell phone distraction, driving contrary to driver’s licence restrictions.

One motorist was ticketed for excessive speeding (more than 40 km over the posted limit) and his vehicle was impounded for seven days, as was a motorist who was caught driving while prohibited.

Four motorists were given 30-day immediate roadside prohibitions for alcohol impairment and three were given 90-day prohibitions for the same offence.

Two motorists were found with marijuana inside their vehicles (23 and 30 grams respectively), and five others were found with open liquor.

Kelowna RCMP Const. Steve Holmes said the disconcerting part of this weekend’s enforcement is that most of the detected offences either contribute directly to, or exacerbate the consequences arising from vehicle collisions.

The targeted and strategic enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act will continue, said Holmes, noting the desired result continues to be a reduction in the number of collisions on roadways, and the injuries and deaths arising from them.


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