October 3, 2007

Bad weather and speed are a deadly combination on B.C. roads, says ICBC

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is urging motorists to use extra caution this weekend, as fall weather can be deadly when combined with speed on the road.

“Every time you drive, regardless if the trip is long or short, road safety should be your first priority,” says Solicitor General John Les. “Oftentimes in fall weather conditions, we need to adjust our driving behaviour to do our part to reduce crashes and save lives. Remember that posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions and maximum visibility.”

On average, the Thanksgiving long weekend sees more than 1,580 crashes on B.C. roads, resulting in 540 injuries and four fatalities. These crashes cost ICBC customers more than $12.4 million in claims costs.

Motorists planning to travel long distances are encouraged to check weather and road conditions before they leave, as conditions can vary widely across regions. Traveller tips are available at ICBC.com.

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