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ICBC asks drivers to make smart choices on B.C. roads this Easter long weekend

April 1, 2015

 

Every Easter long weekend, an average of three people are killed and 670 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C.* If you're planning a road trip with family or friends this weekend, do your part to keep our roads safe by making smart choices behind the wheel.

"As families spend quality time together over the Easter long weekend, it's important people take precautions to avoid any road trips from ending in tragedy," said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. "If your plans include driving, get plenty of rest before you travel, avoid distractions when behind the wheel, and check road and weather conditions at drivebc.ca to help you reach your destination safely."

"If your Easter plans include driving to spend time with family and friends, please do your part to keep safe on the road,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This is a good reminder for all drivers to stay alert and drive safely. With new legislation introduced in B.C. to discourage left lane hogs, we know more British Columbians will be even more aware of other drivers when on the roads."

"Police will be on the lookout throughout B.C. this weekend for drivers who put others at risk," said Chief Officer Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. "Driving is a complex task and many crashes could be avoided if drivers focused their full attention on the road and obeyed the rules."

"Whether you're driving across town or across the province this weekend, please do so safely," said Lindsay Matthews, director responsible for road safety at ICBC. "Watch your speed and leave your phone alone to help reduce crashes on our roads."

 

Tips:

  • Plan ahead: Before you set off, map your route, including rest breaks every two hours, and check road and weather conditions at drivebc.ca. Anticipate increased traffic over the long weekend so you're realistic about travel times.
  • Drive relative to conditions: Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions only. Many areas of the province may still experience variable conditions at this time of year. If driving on wet or icy roads or in fog or heavy rain, adjust your speed to the conditions and increase your following distance.
  • Maintain your vehicle: Whether or not you're taking a road trip over Easter, your vehicle could probably use a tune-up this spring. If you have winter tires, swap them for all-seasons in at least good condition and ensure they're properly inflated. Change your wiper fluid if you were using an anti-freeze solution and replace your wiper blades if they are worn, cracked or rigid.
  • Share the road: With the weather warming up, you may see more motorcycles on the road. Allow at least three seconds following distance if you're behind a motorcycle on high-speed roads as they have a much shorter stopping distance.

 

Regional statistics:

  • On average, 500 people are injured in 1,500 crashes every year in the Lower Mainland over the Easter long weekend.*
  • On average, 66 people are injured in 300 crashes every year in the Southern Interior over the Easter long weekend.*
  • On average, 88 people are injured in 310 crashes every year on Vancouver Island over the Easter long weekend.*
  • On average, 17 people are injured in 130 crashes every year in the North Central region over the Easter long weekend.*

*Easter long weekend is calculated from 6 p.m. the Thursday before Good Friday to midnight Easter Monday. ICBC crash and injury data used (2009 to 2013) and police fatality data used (2009 to 2013).

Media contact:

Leslie Dickson
604-982-2480