Kamloops police deliver education, enforcement during seasonal roadway blitz
2022-10-13 10:04 PDT
A three-day multi-agency traffic initiative saw more than $50,000 in fines and hundreds of tickets issued to help make local roadways a safer place.
View larger image: A police officer in a yellow vest crouches down to inspect a trailer tire.
From Sept. 27-29, 2022, the Kamloops RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit joined forces with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), BC Highway Patrol, Kamloops Community Services Officers, BC Conservation Officers, and many other partners, to help identify vehicles in need of major repairs and to address safety violations, including distracted driving.
It’s a big enforcement initiative we do province-wide seasonally that we haven’t been able to do since Covid, said Corporal Wayne Chung of the Kamloops RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit, as he stood next to a defective vehicle trailer parked roadside on the Halston Connector.
This is a big one, everyone’s involved.
The trailer was just one of several vehicles Cpl. Chung, CVSE officers, and Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP Detachment officers had pulled over in Kamloops on Sept. 29, in an effort to provide motorists with information, mandate inspections, or issue tickets, depending on the seriousness of the violation.
Today the biggest thing we’re finding is personal trailers and improper towing, said Cpl. Chung.
There’s some enforcement depending on the infraction but a lot of it is education.
Common concerns with trailers included improper connections, failure to conduct a pre-inspection and brake check, and not hooking up the break-away properly. He encouraged drivers to research and do their due diligence before pulling a trailer onto the road.
The day before, on Sept. 28, a driver was ticketed for having an unsecure load after large bags of aluminum cans fell from his vehicle, onto the Halston, which nearly caused several collisions. A vehicle was also impounded for travelling 115-120 kms in a 70 km/h zone.
Cpl. Chung noted that following the visible presence on the Halston the day before, chatter on social media encouraged others to avoid the area because of enforcement.
Instead of trying to hide, do your due diligence prior to getting on the roadway so it will be safer for you and the other people using it, he added.
For more tips and information, visit the RCMP Road Safety Page.
Cpl. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Office
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