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High-risk driving enforcement leads to seizure of unsafe trailer

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:53 PDT, Thu June 6, 2024

On May 24, 2024, Corporal Sommerville and Constable Tarape of Richmond RCMP joined the BC Highway Patrol for a Joint Forces Operation (JFO) targeting high risk driving behaviours along Richmond highways. The operation focused on Highways 91 and 99, with the goal of enhancing road safety through stringent enforcement measures.

At approximately 1:07 p.m., Cst. Tarape observed a truck hauling a trailer that appeared to be in poor condition with an unsecured load. The trailer became destabilized directly in front of the police vehicle, as captured on the dash camera. The trailer was ordered off the road and subsequently towed. The truck’s license plate was also seized.

The driver faces multiple charges, including:

  • Transporting insecure cargo
  • Failing to use a breakaway device
  • Failing to maintain a vehicle in a safe operating condition

Cst. Tarape’s quick action prevented a potential road incident, underscoring the importance of vehicle and load safety on our highways. Richmond RCMP emphasizes that securing loads properly is not just a legal requirement but a critical safety measure.

A reminder to the public: secure your loads
Richmond RCMP would like to remind all drivers of the importance of properly securing loads before travel. Insecure loads can lead to collisions, causing injuries or fatalities. Drivers should ensure that all cargo is fastened securely and that trailers are in good working condition, equipped with necessary safety equipment including breakaway devices.

For more information on cargo securement standards please visit Province of British Columbia – Cargo Securement.

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