Students assist RCMP in catching driving violations

Students assist RCMP in catching driving violations

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Cst. Fahlman, along with 30 local students, spotted driving violations while riding in a school bus yesterday. (Photo submitted)

Oliver RCMP had 30 extra sets of eyes helping them spot driving violations yesterday.

A uniformed officer boarded a school bus on Wednesday and rode with students in Oliver and Okanagan Falls.

Cst. Fahlman looked for violators of section 149 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act (fail to stop for school bus), along with other traffic safety concerns within the vicinity of the bus.

An unmarked police vehicle was in the area and responded to radio calls from the officer aboard the bus.

The patrol was a new approach to local school bus enforcement by members of the RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services Unit in cooperation with the Oliver RCMP and School District #53.

“The RCMP plan to continue with random ride-alongs and taking appropriate enforcement actions to keep our children safe,” Cpl Ryan Mcleod of South Okanagan Traffic Services said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind our local drivers of the related law and also ask the public to report violators (licence plate, description of vehicle, offence details) to your local RCMP immediately.”

Failing to stop for a school bus comes with a fine of $368, as well as three demerit points.

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