Thompson RCMP issued 41 tickets over the first weekend of July, including two tickets to one driver tin two dayst.
A driver on Highway 6 was stopped and issued a warning for speeding before being stopped again by a different officer while driving 146 kilometres per hour. The following day, the same driver was stopped by the same officer while going 143 km/h. The combined total of the two speeding tickets he received was $1,265.
Two drivers received fines of more than $900 and $1,000 respectively, for speeding in the construction zone on Highway 6. One was going 39 kilometres over the posted speed limit and fined $1,071 while another travelling at 33 kilometres over the limit got a $916 ticket. Thompson RCMP Const. Sandy Deibert said in a press release that fines are double in construction zones and that posted construction zone speed limits apply whether workers are present or not.
Other tickets handed out last weekend were for driving with suspended licences, driving without a driver’s licence, driving unregistered vehicles, driving while holding a cell phone, and driving with no front licence plate.
Thompson RCMP are also reminding drivers that when passing a stopped emergency vehicle with lights flashing in an area with a speed limit of 80 km/h or higher, they must slow down to 60 km/h. In areas with a speed limit of 79 km/h or lower, drivers are required to slow down to 40 km/h. Drivers must also move to the farthest lane from the emergency vehicle whenever possible, proceed with caution and only pass when it is safe to do so. Failing to slow down for approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights is also an offence. Drivers must pull over to the curb and remain stopped until the vehicle has passed.