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.

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.”

 

Just Posted

Work continuing on new Kelowna visitor centre

Crews working through winter on downtown lakeshore site to have building ready for this summer

Pizza delivery car stolen during Kelowna delivery

While delivering a late night pizza, man has car stolen, then runs to recover it

Kelowna’s Serwa named to Olympic team

Kelsey Serwa is one of eight Canadian ski cross athletes headed to PyeongChang

Vernon Search & Rescue find lost snowmobiler

Male, 19, went missing in Hunter’s Range area near Enderby

Kelowna attraction set to re-open after 2017 floods

Scandia’s popular Jungle Golf, downstairs, has been closed since being damaged in Kelowna floods

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Angels at The Mule

Penticton nightclub introduces angel shots for safety

Dryer explosion at Teck Elkview Operations

Locals report hearing loud bang

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Most Read