Police were pulling over drivers who failed to follow the four-way-stop intersection procedure during the Monday (March 12) wind storm that cut power to areas of South Surrey and White Rock.
The officers, members of the Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU), were carrying out routine intersection enforcement operations along the King George Boulevard and 152 Street traffic corridors when the storm hit March 12, downing lines and darkening traffic lights on nearby 24 Avenue.
“They just happened to be in the area,” said Cpl. Aaron Sproule of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland District Traffic Services.
Sproule said it was part of a regularly scheduled enforcement operation in support of IRSU strategic priorities that include collision and harm reduction in intersections, inattentive and distracted drivers and seatbelt use.
When traffic lights stop working, drivers are supposed to come to a full stop, and take turns proceeding through the intersection.
When two cars arrive at the same time, the one on the right has the right-of-way.
Driver who don’t are covered by the law governing instances “when a traffic device is inoperable” which sets a fine of $109, and adds penalty points to the driver’s licence.
More than one motorist was pulled over for making rolling stops on Monday, and at least one driver was halted for failing to pull over to the side of the road when an IRSU vehicle approached with its lights flashing.
Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle by pulling over to the right and coming to a full stop can also net a $109 fine and penalty points.
Information about the number and amount of tickets issued Monday was not available by Peace Arch News deadline Wednesday.