Burnaby, British Columbia – On November 19th, the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation’s executive director Allan Lamb will lead a minute of silence during the British Columbia Injury Prevention Conference to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. The silence is intended to honour those victims who have lost their lives or have been severely injured as the result of a traffic crash.
The Canadian Global Road Safety Committee, whose membership is made up of Canadian injury prevention and road safety professionals, has dedicated the third Wednesday in November as the National Day of Remembrance. This will be the first year of recognition in Canada; the focus this year is on victims of impaired driving.
“Impaired drivers are killing two people and injuring an average of 60 every week on B.C. roads, which is no surprise when one in five people in this province admits to driving after drinking,” Lamb said.
While alcohol is still the leading cause of impairment, the federal government recently announced Bill C-2, empowering Canadian police to demand a driver suspected of being impaired by any illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drug submit to a breathalyzer test, physical coordination tests, and an assessment by a drug recognition expert. There are currently over 1,100 officers in B.C. trained to recognize drug impairment in drivers, and they will now be present at road checks in communities around the province.