British Columbia

Tim Horton's customers risk traffic tickets to get their fix in Terrace

The morning coffee rush is giving some RCMP headaches, as drivers commit dangerous traffic violations in a bid to get their daily double-double caffeine fix.

Popularity of local Tim Hortons is causing dangerous traffic violations in coffee rush, say RCMP

Traffic build-up at a Tim Hortons has Terrace RCMP concerned, as commuters commit dangerous traffic violations to get their morning coffee fix. (CBC)

Residents in Terrace, B.C. who are lining up for their daily double-double are causing trouble-trouble for other vehicles outside the local Tim Hortons.

The Tim Hortons on Highway 16 has seen an influx of customers lately, particularly in their drive-thru during the morning commute. Fed up with the congestion, drivers have begun committing dangerous traffic violations to get their coffee fix.

"We first got complaints about it in the beginning of March," Cpl. Philip Crack of the RCMP Highway Patrol told Daybreak North's Carolina de Ryk.

"The Tim Hortons lineup between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning gets quite busy as people are grabbing their coffee on the way to work.

"They pull in, but because it's so busy the lineup gets backed up to the roadway and people seem to feel that they can stop in traffic, which is actually not allowed."

Drivers could face $196 ticket

Crack said the police have not yet started ticketing motorists who are committing any violations. However, he says if the problem continues, by May they will consider fining anyone who fails to follow the law.

"Stopping on a crosswalk is [a violation] under Section 189 in the Motor Vehicle Act of British Columbia. This is a fine amount of $40.

"If we find we are having repeat customers, we can look at ticketing under 'driving without consideration' which is $196 and six points on your driver's licence."


To hear more about Terrace's coffee congestion, listen to the audio clip titled: Terrace Tim Hortons causing double-double traffic trouble

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