UPDATED: Parking lot hijinks prompt police action

Goofing off in a snowy parking lot landed three Kelowna men in hot water.

  • Feb. 7, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Goofing off in the mall parking lot has cost three young men their wheels for a week.

Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, a traffic officer parked at Orchard Park Mall spotted three vehicles “doing high speed drifts and circles in the parking lot of the mall in the newly fallen snow,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

“As a result of observing the dangerous driving behaviour, the officer stopped all three vehicles and impounded them for seven days under the new legislation, enacted in September 2010, regarding dangerous driving,” said Holmes.

In addition, the three young Kelowna men—ages 20, 21 and 23—all were given tickets for drive without due care and attention. It comes with a fine of $368 and results in each man getting six points on their driver’s licence.

Holmes noted that some of the businesses at the mall were still open at the time the men were doing donuts.

“As a result, there could be vehicles parked there or pedestrians crossing at areas,” said Holmes. “Suffice it to say…there is a possibility you could damage property or perhaps hit other people that might be in the parking lot.”

Holmes said the incident serves as a warning to other drivers to not use public areas or parking lots for winter stunt driving due to the “inherent dangers” to themselves, others and property.


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