B.C. RCMP Traffic Services issued 655 tickets earlier this month as part of a three-day road safety blitz.
Officers were out in the Kamloops, Barriere and Chase areas along Highways 1, 5 and 5A between March 4 and 6.
Both commercial and personal vehicles were checked, according to a press release.
There were 44 different infractions in total. Here’s a breakdown of some of them:
- Seatbelt violations = 28
- Distracted driving = 9
- Speeding = 80
- Impaired (alcohol) = 5
- Impaired (drug) = 1
- Open liquor in vehicle = 9
- Cannabis Act (prov) = 2
- Vehicles impounded = 12
- Prohibited drivers = 4
- Drug seizures/charges = 7
- Licence/insurance infractions = 42
- Commercial vehicles inspected = 99
- Commercial vehicles removed from service = 35
Cpl. Mike Halskov says the number of speeding tickets issued (80) is concerning.
“That’s quite a few,” he tells KamloopsMatters. “That continues to be an issue which we regularly enforce.”
The number of commercial vehicles not following the rules (pertaining to things like brakes and load securement) was another thing that jumped out at Halskov.
“About a third (of the vehicles inspected) were taken out of service right at the roadside,” he says.
When it comes to seatbelt use, Halskov says officers are always looking for 100 per cent compliance.
“Seatbelt legislation has been around in British Columbia for more than 40 years. Wearing a seatbelt will significantly reduce your chances of being seriously injured or hurt in a collision.”