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100 notices and tickets handed out in Horne Lake area
A Joint Forces Operation safety road check on Highway 19 near Horne Lake on Thursday led to more than 100 notices and traffic tickets being handed out.
RCMP members from the Oceanside detachment, Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement, Island District Roving Traffic Unit, E Division Traffic Services and Natural Resources (Forestry) took part in the large scale roadside check with the support of ICBC and Emcon Highway Services.
The check was meant to remind drivers about vehicle safety and to identify vehicle defects and traffic infractions. Running from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. officers located two prohibited drivers, impounding their vehicles, served another driving prohibition, checked a fishery and 22 forestry related vehicles and made two marijuana seizures, recommending charges against one of the drivers who received a 24 hour suspension after failing Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
They issued 21 violation tickets for offences relating to licence plates, speeding, inadequate tires, failing to display an 'N' sign, no drivers licence, no insurance and insecure loads.
Forty two Notice and Orders compelling drivers to fix issues with tires, licence plates, windshields, dangerous goods, pre trip inspection, drivers licences, brakes and other vehicle and driver related defects/infractions. They also did 29 commercial vehicle inspections with eight requiring repairs prior to being put back into service. While this was a large, organized road check, Cpl. Michael S. Elston of Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services pointed out drivers can expect their vehicle to be checked at any time. — NEWS Staff/RCMP