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Highway 97 Drivers Get a Big Surprise

February 20, 2024: BC-97, Kelowna, BC Northbound drivers leaving Kelowna got a bit of a surprise Tuesday morning.

RCMP set up a speed trap catching drivers that might not have slowed to the mandatory 70 kph speed limit in a construction zone.



The law in BC is motorists must slow their speed to:

70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone

40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone



"In British Columbia, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes maintenance workers, utility workers, police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle


Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers.


Motorists must slow their speed to:

70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone

40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone


If travelling on a multi-lane road, drivers must move into another lane to pass when passing stopped vehicles with a flashing light, where safe to do so. This provides roadside workers and emergency personnel with greater protection from accident and injury.

Drivers failing to adjust their speed or failing to move over may receive a $173 traffic violation ticket that also carries 3 penalty points.


Offences and infractions that include penalty points can lead to a driving prohibition.



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