ICBC, police, and speed watch volunteers are warning drivers ahead of the upcoming long weekend due to an increased number of crashes over the past years.
According to a release by ICBC, 490 people were injured in over 1,900 crashes during the Victoria Day long weekend in 2016.
Drivers are being urged to slow down and play their part in keeping the road safe.
The police will also be conducting a province-wide enforcement blitz to target high-risk driving behaviour on BC roads.
ICBC is reminding drivers to:
- Plan your route and check road conditions before leaving for your drive.
- Be realistic about travel times and accept delays that may arise. Don’t rush to make up time.
- Don’t speed up as someone is trying to pass you, make room in your lane and slow down.
- Stay focused and avoid distractions that take your eyes and mind off driving.
- With more motorcyclists on the road, allow at least three seconds following distance while driving behind a motorcycle.
ICBC and the police are desperately trying to avoid the Victoria Day long weekend from becoming another statistic, after several years of increased crashes and injuries over the annual holiday.
In 2016, 330 people were injured and over 1,200 crashes occurred in the Lower Mainland alone. 290 crashes took place on Vancouver Island and 270 crashes took place throughout the Southern Interior.