Kelowna, West Kelowna, BC – As part of the May long weekend safety initiatives, the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit ran a two day joint project with West Kelowna RCMP and BC Highway Patrol Kelowna on Highway 97C.
Officers conducted speed enforcement and commercial vehicle inspections from May 20 to 21 2021 near the Paradise Valley brake check on Highway 97C.
As a result of this initiative, 17 warnings and 60 tickets were issued to drivers for various violations of the BC Motor Vehicle Act, including 11 for excessive speed, and 2 for driving without due care and consideration.
Of particular note, while conducting a commercial vehicle check, the officer formed the grounds to believe the driver of the semi truck was impaired by alcohol. The driver, a 45-year-old Alberta man, was read the breath demand and the subsequent breath sample provided resulted in a “fail”. He was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.
“Long weekends are notorious for being deadly in terms of our roads and highways,” says Cpl. Bryan Mulrooney of the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit. “This initiative was a great step in ensuring the safety of the motoring public in our area.”
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