Police nail speeders on Highway 97 from Lake Country to Vernon

Speeds as high as 50 km/h over the posted limit observed as many tickets handed out

The North Okanagan Traffic Services and Central Okanagan Traffic Services (Kelowna) worked in a combined effort over the weekend to deal with the summer traffic issues on Highway 97 between Vernon and Lake Country.

Officers worked two stationary lazer operations at Highway 97 and handed out a total of 127 Tickets during the  weekend.

Speed was up again with five people being charged for excessive speeding: Speeds of 47, 54, 49, 56, and 48 kilometres over the posted speed limit were observed.

As well as 14 no seatbelt tickets, one open liquor in the vehicle ticket, four no valid driver’s license, and two tickets for no insurance were also handed out.

One vehicle was stopped for speeding on Sunday when it was doing 120 km in a 90 zone. Police say on closer check the out of province driver blew a warning and was given a three day roadside prohibition as well.

Another incident saw one of the owners of a vehicle learning the hard way about letting someone drive your vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The 35-year-old male was operating her car when he was stopped. It turned out he was an unlicensed driver and the Motor Vehicle Branch had imposed a seven day impound on the vehicle he was driving. The end result is the owner of the car is without her car for seven days.