Highway patrol busy while here

  • Dec. 2, 2005 6:00 a.m.

The RCMP traffic enforcement unit spent a busy few days on the islands.
From November 22 to 24, they gave out 52 tickets to people not wearing their seat belts, five to those speeding 1-20 km over the limit and 16 to those speeding 21-40 km over the limit. One person was charged with speeding 41-60 km over the limit .
Sergeant Neil Hogg of the Queen Charlotte RCMP said it’s unfortunate people are driving so fast on island roads. He also said studies have proven that people who don’t wear seatbelts will be seriously hurt in an accident.
The team, known as the Integrated Road Safety Unit was formed under a federal government mandate to make Canada have the safest roads in the world by 2010.
The officers also monitored high accident zones on the islands, like the highway between Masset and Tlell and other sites in local communities.
“It’s not just off-island people coming to target islanders,” says Sgt. Hogg.
Five islanders were charged with having no insurance, five with no driver’s license, three were given 24 hour suspensions, one was charged with impaired driving and 15 warnings were given out about something needing to be fixed on vehicles. One vehicle was impounded.