A rolled-over semi along Highway 95. The RCMP have responded to nine collisions in the last month. (Brain Duchovnay photo)

A rolled-over semi along Highway 95. The RCMP have responded to nine collisions in the last month. (Brain Duchovnay photo)

Golden/Field RCMP recap last two months

The RCMP responded to 463 calls to service over the last two months

According to the Golden/Field RCMP detachment, there have been 463 calls to service over the last two months, with 215 in March and 248 in April.

Of those calls, 12 were persons’ offences, such as assault and uttering of threats, with five in March and seven in April.

There were 35 calls to service for property offences, with 18 in March and 17 in April. Property offences include break and enter, theft, and mischief to property.

Over the course of the two months, there were five Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRPs), two in March and three in April, with one impaired driving investigation in April.

IRPs are given when the operator of a motor vehicle blows a “warn” or a “fail” on a roadside screening device or on refusal to blow. You can be made to take a responsible driver program, which can cost an additional $930.

The RCMP also responded to one COVID related report in the month of April.

The average fine for failing to comply with COVID restrictions is $230 and can range from failure to wear a mask, failing to comply with direction, as well as abusive or belligerent behaviour.

Anyone organizing a COVID non-compliant event can be fined up to $2,300.

The RCMP also responded to 113 traffic related calls, with 53 in March and 60 in April.

They also responded to seven collisions in March and nine in April.

With the highway closure rerouting traffic from the Trans-Canada Highway, RCMP have been focusing on education and enforcement initiatives along Highway 95 to help mitigate the extra traffic.

Programs have been in place both within town boundaries, as well as south towards Radium.

“Although we can confirm that a number of vehicle have been stopped for speeding along the corridor, it was good to see most motorist were adhering to speed within the town boundaries,” said detachment commander Sgt. Betty Watson.

“We have been using the speed board display both on this stretch as well as in the school zones and really are getting a good response.”

Watson cited two examples: April 20, from 1- 2:30 p.m., on 10th Avenue N, where out of 792 vehicles, three were speeding; and on April 21, from 2-4 p.m., on 10th Avenue South, where out of 715 vehicles, while other infractions were noted, none were for speeding.

“The increase in traffic was expected and has taken some adjusting for all motorists,” she said.

The RCMP will continue to focus on education and enforcement for the remainder of the closure, which will be in effect through to the end of May.

RCMP

Just Posted

A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Thompson-Okanagan population grew despite COVID-19: report

The Chartered Professional Accountants of BC said there are 8,462 new residents in the region

A fawn found in Invermere. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)
WildSafeBC advises on fawning season

It’s best to leave fawns alone, according to WildSafeBC

On Tuesday June 8th, B.C. Fire in Invermere responded to a fire at the 9500 area of Hwy 95 south of Parson. (Photo submitted)
Parson fire reminder of wildfire season ahead

While the fire was quickly extinguished, it’s a reminder that open fires are currently prohibited

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Some of the priorities that the GDCF is hoping to touch on in their surveys that will inform community priorities. (GDCF photo)
Golden Community Foundation encouraging residents to participate in survey

It’s a new project to inform community priorities in the coming year

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Facebook)
New trial date set for Penticton beach attacker’s triple assault charges

May trial was delayed after Crown witnesses failed to show up

Orange ribbons are tied to the fence outside Vernon’s Gateway Homeless Shelter on 33rd Street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
POLL: Low-key Canada Day in the works for Vernon

Councillor calling for Indigenous recognition for 2022

A conceptual design of Vernon’s new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)
Active living centre 2022 referendum planned in Vernon

City hoping to get Coldstream and Areas B and C back on board

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Graduating Grade 12 student Savannah Lamb has been awarded an approximate $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation. (Contributed)
Dedicated Salmon Arm student earns scholarship to pursue post-secondary education

Savannah Lamb is graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary with a $40,000 scholarship

A provided photo of the suspect. (Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Kelowna RCMP investigating after business robbed

An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise were taken from the business

Travel Penticton went to city council for support in increasing the tax on short-term stays to fund a convention bureau and affordable housing. (File photo)
Travel Penticton seeks to grow through increased hotel tax

The increased funds would go to creating a convention bureau and to affordable housing

Most Read