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RCMP - it pays to slow down

Summer driving is upon us and the North Okanagan RCMP Traffic Section would like to remind the public to slow down.

We all know that getting a speeding ticket is not fun, but getting your vehicle impounded for 7 days is even worse, especially if you are from out of town.

On Thursday afternoon, the RCMP traffic section was doing a road check for speed on Highway 97 by Crystal Waters road. Two vehicles were impounded after the drivers were caught driving at speeds of 140 kilometres per hour in the posted 90 km/hr zone.

RCMP Spokesperson, Gord Molendyk, says that the highway is reduced to one lane north and one lane south bound at that location.

"The hazard these two vehicles caused as they passed other vehicles as well as to the Construction Workers that were working in the zone was great," said Molendyk.

The drivers were each given an excessive speeding ticket of $368. They also face $1,000 fine in penalty points for each of the next three years.

During the three hour operation, traffic services officers wrote 40 tickets, two for excessive speeding, and seven warnings. There was also one Immediate Roadside Prohibition, resulting in a 30-day vehicle impound.

In addition to regular speed checks throughout the summer, RCMP traffic services warns that fines are double in posted construction zones.

Police will be watching construction zones this summer, protecting workers and motoring the public so please obey all traffic signs and respect the safety of those workers.

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