Central Okanagan drivers in trouble

The RCMP plan to get tougher with local drivers who are currently ignoring aggressive driving, seat belt and impaired driving laws.

That announcement comes after Central Okanagan Traffic Services handed out nearly 1,200 fines during the month of March.

Police say the fine statistics revealed some disturbing driving trends:

•    30 tickets for speeding at more than 40km/h over the limit

•    544 tickets speeding in general

•    38 violations of using electronic devices while driving

•    14 impaired drivers

•    an increasing number of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol

Seat belts were also an issue even though the BC Coroner's Service recently released information that showed a high proportion of motor vehicle crash fatalities are attributed to lack of seat belt use.

Police say aggressive driving has been a big problem in the Central Okanagan, especially speeding and using electronic devices. And police will be using intelligence-led, targeted enforcement to crack down on high crash locations.


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