There are a lot of unsafe vehicles out there if results of an enforcement crackdown are any indication.
A joint effort over three days this week resulted in 501 violation tickets issued for vehicle defects, Kamloops RCMP reported Friday.
All vehicles, private and commercial, were the focus of the blitz by Central Interior Traffic Services, RCMP, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement, CP Police, bylaw services and provincial agencies. They were concentrating on vehicle fitness, road safety, workplace safety and unsecured cargo, and had to order nine vehicles off the road immediately.
Sgt. Mike Pears said the vehicles checked appeared to have obvious defects as they approached, or they were observed by roving officers who pulled them over for an inspection.
While the number of violations may seem high, they include notices for broken windshields and inoperative lights, which may seem minor but can play a role in accidents and safety, he said.
"I think it's a wakeup call for many people, commercial and private vehicle owners," he said, noting that weather and road conditions are changing with the season. The enforcement effort serves as a timely reminder, he added.
Static and mobile road checks were held in and around the city Tuesday through Wednesday, Sept. 13-15, and netted more than $88,000 in fines for vehicle safety infractions. In addition, 21 bylaw tickets were issued, adding up to $2,100 in fines.
Sixty-nine tickets were issued to drivers, requiring them to get repairs and the necessary inspections within 30 days. A total of 352 tickets were issued for minor defects requiring repair.
The agencies involved remind motorists that safe, compliant vehicles contribute to safer highways.
Police also made 15 drug seizures and found one loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Unsecured loads were found enroute to the Mission Flats landfill and are the cause of debris that litters the roadside, Pears said.