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CHECKING THE VEHICLE – This commercial tractor trailer is shown stopped by Sheep Mountain, southwest Yukon, earlier this month by Yukon RCMP Traffic Services personnel. Photo courtesy of RCMP

Enforcement program spurs many charges

A recent traffic laws enforcement operation in southwest Yukon resulted in many charges, the RCMP said Monday.

By Whitehorse Star on June 16, 2021

A recent traffic laws enforcement operation in southwest Yukon resulted in many charges, the RCMP said Monday.

The work was done June 1-4.

It involved Yukon RCMP Traffic Services, in collaboration with the Whitehorse RCMP detachment, the territorial Department of Highways and Public Works – Carrier Compliance and National Safety Code, and the Canada Border Service Agency.

The operation resulted in:

• 38 territorial charges.

• 33 charges against commercially registered vehicles.

• 17 National Safety Code charges.

• 17 warnings.

• six out-of-service violations.

• five charges against privately registered vehicles.

• three charges under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act.

• one impaired driving investigation.

• one impaired driving case with a 24-hour licence suspension.

“There were a number of situations throughout this effort,” police said. Some of these were:

• Six commercial tractor trailers were located in non-compliance with Yukon regulations.

They were travelling the Haines, Alaska to mainland Alaska route (or vice-versa) without Yukon permits and in contravention of dimensional requirements.

Two were also in violation of cargo securement and transportation of dangerous goods laws.

• 20 violations issued for no maintenance /safety inspections.

• Four commercial tractor trailer drivers were issued tickets for driving at unreasonable speeds.

These included one driver driving north through the port of entry at 80 km/h in a 30 km/h zone, stating that he did not want to use his brakes, and “it’s only the border people that are around the area.”

• A 24-hour licence suspension was issued at the port of entry for impairment – a private vehicle was involved, an oral screening device was used, with a positive result.

The impaired investigation was initiated through the Beaver Creek RCMP detachment.

• An open liquor container found in a private vehicle, in a cooler beside the driver. A Liquor Act was ticket issued.

• One out-of-service order issued for a fraudulent log book. Police were told the vehicle had been driven from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek in just 90 minutes.

• Six out-of-service orders were issued, including: one false log book, one offence of being unable to provide 14 days’ worth of logs, two for insecure cargo, and two for dangerous goods.

• Twenty-three commercial tractor trailer units were checked as follows: June 2-11 checked (six inbound, five outbound); June 3- 10 checked (five inbound, five outbound); June 4 – two checked.

• One private vehicle, a Ford Windstar mini-van, was stopped while travelling at 157 km/h.

• One commercial tractor trailer was stopped near Sheep Mountain. The excavator was not secured, among other safety violations.

“Operation Corridor continues, and more activities will continue to be conducted by Yukon RCMP Traffic Services in collaboration with its partners with the goal to improve road safety for all who travel our highways,” police said.

Comments (5)

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Yukon Mom on Jun 19, 2021 at 8:20 am

This sounds great, but... why is there NEVER a road side stop check in Watson Lake? You see programs in every province, is Yukon exempt from road side checks? Why is the RCMP never checking for license and registrations or impaired driving in this community? And don't even get me started on the speeders, we may as well just leave the speed limit thru town at 70km.

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Oya on Jun 18, 2021 at 6:57 am

Wow! Sounds like the RCMP need to have a much stronger presence out there. Scary to think of unsecured loads and falsified records. The trucks without permits on the Haines Rd obviously know the loophole there, but isn’t there a weigh station in Beaver Creek that should be checking that? I’m seriously happy to hear about the cracking down especially on the commercial vehicles. Good job, RCMP!

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Bandit on Jun 16, 2021 at 11:47 pm

• One out-of-service order issued for a fraudulent log book. Police were told the vehicle had been driven from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek in just 90 minutes.
How about some fact checking prior to print. This is absolutely impossible in a vehicle that requires a log book. If it was a driver that falsified their logbook entry then they need math lessons, it is 291km and you would have to average 194km/hr or 121mph to do it in 90 minutes. It can't be done, I have driven that highway MANY times and it is impossible. Anyways Good job "M" Division.

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JustSayin' on Jun 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

Imagine how many infractions occur in private vehicles that are not caught.

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JSM on Jun 16, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Glad that unlike out CMO that these Cops are out here actually making a difference and keeping us safe. They should be applauded for the work they do!

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