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N driver with need for speed

A 19-year-old Kelowna woman with an 'N' license was caught going 49 km/h over the speed limit in Vernon this past weekend. 

RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says one of their North Okanagan Traffic Service member was heading down hospital hill in Vernon Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. when they saw the car coming up the hill at a high rate of speed.

“The officer in a fully marked police car turned around, and came up behind the vehicle and obtained a speed reading of 139 in the 90 zone,” explained Molendyk.

The 19-year-old female driver from Kelowna was a class 7 Novice driver.

She was given a ticket for excessive speeding at $368 dollars and her vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

“There may be further implications from ICBC because she was a novice driver in the excessive category, so there is a possibility of further issues for her there,” said Molendyk.

The 19-year-old wasn’t the only excessive speeder caught by the North Okanagan Traffic Service in the North Okanagan.

“On the first day of spring at about 6:10 a.m. one of our officers was working near Westridge Road when one of them observed a work vehicle come into view at a high rate of speed,” said Molendyk.

The work truck was caught doing 142 km/h in a 90 zone on Hwy. 97 and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

“It is not a great way to start the day and lose the use of your work truck for a week,” added Molendyk.

He says their officers and the traffic units are asking the public to remember to slow down and respect the speed limit for the safety of everyone out there. 

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