One-third of commercial vehicles inspected during a recent safety blitz on Highways 1, 5 and 5A were taken off the road.
The three-day blitz was conducted in the Kamloops, Chase and Barriere areas between March 4 and 6. It was carried out by B.C. RCMP Traffic Services and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement officers.
Both commercial and personal vehicles were checked, resulting in a total of 655 tickets being written, representing 44 different infractions ranging from speeding to having open liquor in a vehicle.
A total of 99 commercial vehicles — anything from a five-ton delivery truck to dump trucks and semis — were inspected and, of those, 35 were removed from service.
“Before they can operate again, the defects have to be corrected … It’s a little concerning as far as the commercial vehicles go,” said Cpl. Mike Halskov noting the goal of the blitz was to enhance road safety through education and enforcement of provincial and federal legislation. The overall focus was on high-risk driving behaviours.
In addition to the commercial vehicles being removed from service, 12 vehicles were impounded for a variety of reasons.
Infractions that police saw during the blitz included: 28 seatbelt violations; nine incidents of distracted driving; 80 drivers speeding; five drivers impaired by alcohol; one driver impaired by drugs; nine drivers with open liquor in their vehicle; two infractions under the provincial Cannabis Act, such as smoking in a vehicle; four people driving while prohibited; 42 licence or insurance infractions and seven drug seizures or charges.