ICBC: Last long weekend of summer brings deadly crashes
August 28, 2018
Every Labour Day long weekend, approximately five people die and 580 people are injured in 2,100 crashes across the province.* Whether you'll be driving a car or riding a motorcycle over the long weekend, ICBC is asking you to share the road and do your part to drive smart.
On highways, expect to see many RVs, motorcyclists and trucks. If you're staying in town, expect more pedestrians and cyclists on the road. The key to sharing the road safely is to stay focused on driving and look out for the road users around you. Avoid distractions which will take your eyes off the road and your mind off driving.
ICBC's Drive Smart tips for sharing the road:
- You can only see motorcycles when you really look for them. Leave plenty of space when passing a motorcycle and allow at least three seconds of following distance.
- Crashes with trucks and RVs are usually much more serious due to their sheer size and weight. Keep clear of their blind spots – when following, you should be able to see both mirrors of the RV or truck in front of you. If you're behind a slow moving RV or truck climbing up a hill, leave extra space and be patient as they're probably trying their best to keep up with the flow of traffic.
- Most crashes with cyclists and pedestrians happen at intersections so always look for them – especially before turning. Make eye contact if you can, so they can anticipate your next move.
- Check road conditions at DriveBC.ca before you leave. Be realistic about travel times and accept delays that may arise. Don't rush to make up time – slow down to reduce your risk of crashing and arrive at your destination safely. You also save fuel by driving at a safe and steady speed.
- Over Labour Day weekend, on Vancouver Island, on average, 67 people are injured in 300 crashes every year.
- Over Labour Day weekend, in the Southern Interior, on average, 81 people are injured in 330 crashes every year.
- Over Labour Day weekend, in the North Central region, on average, 18 people are injured in 120 crashes every year.
- Over Labour Day weekend, in the Lower Mainland, on average, 420 people are injured in 1,300 crashes every year.
*Based on five-year averages. Crash and injury data is based on ICBC data (2013 to 2017). Fatal data is based on police data (2012 to 2016). Labour Day long weekend is calculated from 18:00 hours the Friday prior to the holiday to midnight Monday.