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Coronavirus no excuse for speeding, say Vernon North Okanagan RCMP

Police in the North Okanagan say the driver used COVID-19 as an excuse for allegedly speeding, saying they worked for an essential service.
Police in the North Okanagan say the driver used COVID-19 as an excuse for allegedly speeding, saying they worked for an essential service. File / Global News

There’s no excuse for speeding, say police in the North Okanagan, even if it’s related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP posted a tweet about an alleged speeding ticket.

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The tweet said “COVID-19 is not an excuse to travel 50 km/hr over the posted speed limit through a community! Let’s be safe out there! Our hospitals are already busy enough!”

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Global News reached out for more information, with Vernon RCMP saying the incident happened on March 20, at 7:30 a.m., near Falkland.

“A North Okanagan RCMP traffic services member pulled a vehicle over for allegedly going 50 km/hr over the posted speed limit through the rural community of Falkland B.C.,” police said in an email.

“The driver allegedly stated that because they worked for an essential service, a pharmacy, that they were exempt from the speed limit.”

The tweet added hashtags of ticket issued, car impounded and keeping our community safe.

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