British Columbians are being urged to travel safely, ahead of B.C. Day long weekend.
On average, four people are killed and 620 people injured in 2,200 crashes across the province over the B.C. long weekend.
This year, police will be setting up CounterAttack roadchecks across the province to remove impaired drivers from the roads. Anyone caught driving impaired could end up paying in a number of lasting ways – from increased insurance premiums to fines, car impoundment or even jail time.
The ICBC has issued the following tips for staying safe over B.C. Day weekend:
- If you’re away from home, you may not be familiar with all of the options available to get home safely after you’ve had a few drinks. Check options such as taxis, ride sharing, transit or shuttle services before you head out and save the information into your cell phone so you can relax knowing you have a plan to get home safely.
- Most crashes on B.C. Day long weekend occur on Friday so plan to leave on Thursday or Saturday morning if possible to avoid traffic congestion and possible delays. You should also make sure you get a good night’s sleep to avoid getting fatigued behind the wheel. Plan your route on drivebc.ca and include rest breaks or switch drivers every two hours.
- Do a pre-trip check and check your engine oil, coolant levels and lights, and inspect your vehicle tires, including the spare, to make sure they’re in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure any camping or outdoor equipment is securely tied down to your vehicle before you take off.
- Summer means more motorcyclists on our roads so it’s vital to scan as you approach an intersection. Be ready to yield the right-of-way when turning left and keep in mind that it can be hard to tell how fast motorcyclists are travelling.
- Be patient with R.V. drivers if they’re travelling below the speed limit in mountainous areas as they’re likely going uphill as fast as they can. If you’re driving your RV this weekend, be courteous and pull over when it’s safe to do so to let others by. This is much safer than a driver making an unsafe pass out of frustration.