October 02, 2006 - 1:23 pm
By: Jim Goddard
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - If you zig-zag through traffic on Granville Street or fail to signal a lane change, expect to see some red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. Starting today, Granville is the scene of the latest traffic enforcement blitz by the Vancouver police, after a similar blitz on Knight Street.
Vancouver police handed out nearly 12,000 tickets during their traffic enforcement blitz on Knight Street and now Granville is about to get the same treatment. Inspector Andy Hobbs says the Knight Street campaign has seen a drop in the average speed down the busy road and the number of injury causing accidents is also down. He says before the blitz, drivers were treating Knight like a dragstrip, with speeds in the 140 kilometre range, along with commercial vehicles exceeding the 50 kilometre speed limit as well.
Inspector Hobbs says some of the excuses drivers gave officers were pretty unbelievable. One said he needed to go fast because he had just washed his Corvette and was drying it off. Another speeder asked the officer to hurry up with the ticket because he was late for traffic court in Richmond.