Oak Bay police nab red-light runners

Officers engage in enlightenment after traffic signal goes down

A broken signal turned more dangerous than necessary in Oak Bay.

Oak Bay Police Const. Sheri Lucas happened to stop for coffee and note the red light flashing at Elgin Road and Oak Bay Avenue recently.

It wasn’t so much that the light was broken, it’s not normally a flashing red, but more that vehicles streamed through as though it were green.

“I was literally parked on the yellow curb feet from the light and they were still going through it,” Lucas said.

Officers issued 38 warnings in just under three hours spread out over the two days the light was down.

Lucas figures they could have written more warnings, with more manpower. Drivers rolled on through as they had other vehicles pulled over, taking part in the education process.

“As you approach a flashing red light, if there’s a crosswalk you stop before the crosswalk. If there’s not a crosswalk you stop at the solid line, then proceed, when it’s safe to do so taking in mind any traffic and pedestrians,” Lucas said. “A lot of people didn’t know what to do.

Excuses included the fact it’s not normally red (from regulars) and I just moved here (from Duncan). “There was actually a lady teaching her son how to drive and she didn’t know how to tell him to proceed,” Lucas said.

Drivers running the flashing red normal face a $167 fine.

“We didn’t write any tickets they were all written warnings. We decided we would educate people and pull over as many people as we could.”

Officers also physically, wearing high visibility vests, helped people cross the street at the marked, lighted crosswalk.

“It was scary. At one point there were three of us there with our vis. vests on, an Oak Bay guy in a truck with his high vis. vest fixing the light,

and they were rolling through just oblivious.”

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Just Posted

Saanich man arrested in cross-border drug smuggling operation

William Milton Barnes of Greater Victoria faces multiple charges following six-month investigation

Greater Victoria’s living wage now costs $20.50 an hour

Cost of living increase drives region’s living wage up 49 cents, leaving you able to afford only one latte per year

Vancouver Island is home to some of the ‘rattiest’ cities in B.C.

Three municipalities in Greater Victoria, and three more around the Island have gnawed their way into the top 20

Spill at Victoria airport prompts emergency response

North Saanich Fire and ambulance respond to spill of unknown substance

North Saanich targets recreational pot on ALR land

District adds voice to municipalities calling for production to stay off ALR land

VIDEO: B.C. man recognized for spinning basketball on toothbrush

Abbotsford man holds world record for longest duration of time of 60.5 seconds

Cat found stuffed in box in Dumpster in northeastern B.C.

Still alive, cat was found near Dawson Creek restrained with zip ties, legs forced behind neck

Fears prompt feds to establish BBQ brush safety standards

Wire-bristle safety fears prompt Ottawa to establish BBQ brush safety standards

Don’t forget about women left to sweep up shards of glass ceiling, W7 urges G7

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau champions gender equality at the G7 he is being asked to raise the concerns of marginalized women

Canadian air travel industry fears pilot flight-time limits will go too far

Air carriers urge feds to slow down flight-time limits for sleepy pilots

Sky-high farmland prices ‘ruinous’ for B.C. agriculture: UFV ag professor

Fraser Valley-based Tom Baumann says $80K-per-acre in area threatens food security

Sights of Saanich bring smiles to Japanese delegation

A small leap highlighted the short but potentially historic visit of a… Continue reading

Political heavyweights hit Washington in hunt for NAFTA deal

Officials from Prime Minister’s office, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland part of talks

Greenbelt Microgreens recall in B.C., Alberta, due to Listeria concerns

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there have been no illnesses linked to the microgreens

Most Read