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Reckless and erratic driving cases rising in Grand Forks

Grand Forks RCMP say they have responded to several complaints over the past week of erratic or reckless driving.

The complaints ranged from vehicles either driving too slow or too aggressively on the highway, to people driving dirt bikes or quads on public roads, sometimes dangerously.

Sgt. Darryl Peppler says as a motorist, it’s  important to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and not to rush. If you observe a reckless driver, do your best to distance yourself from them, and if you can, get a license plate and vehicle and driver description, and report it when safe to do so.

As for riders on uninsured dirt bikes and quads, he says these vehicles are not to be on public roads or highways at anytime. Riders, regardless of age, caught on roads can face a multitude of charges under the Motor Vehicle Act and even the Criminal Code.

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Potential charges could be no driver’s license; no insurance; fail to produce documents; failure to wear a helmet; as well as various driving offences. Riders with a suspended or prohibited status on their driver’s license can face being arrested and having to attend court, as well as have their bike or quad towed and impounded.

“Whether it’s an urban or rural area that you live in, uninsured quads or bikes are never to be on the road, even if it’s a short distance to get from your property to a trail,” Peppler said.

“We are definitely seeing an increase in this, especially in our rural areas, and the Grand Forks detachment along with the BC Highway Patrol will be increasing enforcement to curtail this activity.”

Laptop stolen

Police say a Thinktop laptop was reported stolen Thursday from a downtown business. The owner turned their head for a moment and the item was swiped. Officers have not been able to locate the item or a suspect.

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