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ICBC’s tips for staying safe this Labour Day long weekend

August 29, 2012

Over the Labour Day long weekend, on average, four people are killed and 576 injured in 1,935 crashes across the province.* Whatever your plans are for the last long weekend of summer, ICBC is encouraging you to plan ahead so that you and your family get to where you’re going safely.

“With the long weekend upon us, we want to remind British Columbians to drive safely and take care behind the wheel,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “Those who drive while impaired, speed excessively, talk or text while driving can expect to face some of the most severe penalties in Canada. Make this Labour Day weekend a memorable one for the right reasons.”

“Police will be out in full force across the province this weekend and throughout the month of September checking for distracted drivers,” said Chief Constable Jamie Graham, Chair of the Traffic Safety Committee of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police. “Plan ahead to avoid getting distracted – turn off your phone before you head out or better yet, put it in the trunk so you won’t be tempted if it rings while you’re driving.”

“We want you and your family to enjoy the last weekend of summer and stay safe,” said Fiona Temple, ICBC’s director of road safety. “With more traffic expected over the holiday weekend, expect delays and give yourself extra time to get to where you’re going safely. If you think you might be having drinks, plan a safe ride home before you start drinking.”

Here are ICBC’s tips to help you and your family stay safe this Labour Day long weekend:

For more safe driving tips, visit icbc.com/road-safety/.

Regional statistics:

*ICBC crash and injury data from 2007 to 2011 and police fatality data from 2006 to 2010.

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