A speeding warning has been issued to drivers in British Columbia (B.C.).

According to police, there has been an increase in drivers speeding since B.C. declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with the B.C. Government and Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) a month-long campaign focusing on speed and urging drivers to slow down has now been launched.

“While everyday life has recently changed for many in B.C., nothing has changed when it comes to road safety,” said Chief Officer Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee.

The ICBC says that, with many more families currently going for walks and using bicycles, it is important for drivers to be extra cautious and look out for pedestrians and cyclists.

Every year, 82 people are killed in speed-related crashes, making speed the number one cause of car crash fatalities in B.C., according to police data.