VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Victoria Day long weekend is typically dubbed the beginning of the summer driving season, meaning more drivers on the road.
As a result, ICBC is launching a month-long campaign to prevent accidents.
Alex Lee, the safety program manager for the corporation, is revealing some troubling numbers from past long weekends.
“Over the Victoria Day long weekend, 490 people were injured in 1,900 crashes in BC in 2016 and on average, two are killed every year on this long weekend.”
“We’re looking at educating the public on high risk driving behaviours like speeding which increase your risk of crashing. That’s why ICBC, police, and speed watch volunteers are basically urging drivers to slow down this long weekend.”
“Basically, just slow down and be realistic about travel times to reduce your risk of crashing and arrive at your destination safely. And with the higher gas prices we’re experiencing, it’s a good idea to drive at a safe and steady speed to save fuel. Suddenly changing your speed or driving over the speed limit will increase your fuel consumption.”
He adds this weekend is a good time to remind people to focus on the road. “Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes, so remember to take a break from your phone.”