Now that winter driving conditions are upon us, the Clearwater Central Interior Traffic Services set up to drive an important message home to the motoring public. During Nov. 6 and 7, the objective of this initiative was to conduct road checks to locate and remove vehicles from the highways that are unsafe; to remove commercial vehicle from the roadways that are mechanically unsafe; to educate drivers on winter driving safety and all around vehicle requirements/safety; to ensure that commercial trucks are carrying chains; to ensure drivers and passengers in motor vehicles are wearing seatbelts as required; as well as to target the unit’s strategic priorities of making the highways safer for the motoring public through enforcement and education. These road checks were set up in and around several communities, including Clearwater, Vavenby and Little Fort. This Joint Forces Operation included enforcement units from the Clearwater Central Interior Traffic Services, Kamloops Central Interior Traffic Services, Kamloops Integrated Road Safety Unit, Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspectors, Mobile Area Vehicle Inspectors and the Department of Fisheries.
During this two day initiative, these goals were definitely met and surpassed in many cases with the following numbers: Thirteen private vehicles and three commercial vehicles were removed from the roadway, due to unsafe defects on these vehicles which warranted the vehicle to be kept off the highway until such time that the vehicle passes an authorized inspection. Fifty-two private vehicles and three commercial vehicles were deemed to have defects that warranted the owners to be issued a Notice and Order, to have the defects/omissions immediately corrected and then for the owner to present their vehicle to an RCMP detachment to prove these defects/omissions were corrected. The initiative also saw 18 violation tickets issued for motor vehicle act offences that ranged from speed, no drivers licence, vehicle defects, and no insurance. Approximately 775 vehicles were checked during the two day road check.
The RCMP would like to remind the motoring public to place extra attention to switching their attitude to driving to match the winter driving conditions that are ahead. Winter tires are an important and integral piece of vehicle safety during the winter months. The RCMP would like to encourage owners to consider equipping their vehicles with proper winter tires. As well, the RCMP would like drivers to drive defensively and to lower their speeds to match road conditions. Road safety is something that is imperative for each one of us to participate in.