April 5, 2007

ICBC calls for changes to bad driving habits, especially on long weekend

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is asking motorists to change their bad driving habits, especially during the upcoming long weekend at Easter.

“Almost 100 individuals have died so far this year on our roads,” says John Les, minister responsible for ICBC. “That’s simply unacceptable. As we head into the Easter long weekend we should all keep in mind that the chances of being involved in a crash are highest on Friday and the weekends. We all need to do our part to make our roads safer.”

ICBC says that 98 people have died in car crashes in B.C. and 18,345 people have been injured since January, according to the five-year average. Over the past five years, from 2002 to 2006, there has been an average of 2,063 crashes on B.C. roads over the four days of the Easter long weekend, resulting in an average of 647 injuries and five fatalities.

ICBC offers the following tips:

  • Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times. Allow extra time for possible delays that may occur due to increased traffic volume over the long weekend.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Pull over to eat or drink, plan your route before you leave, and dial before you drive.
  • Warmer weather can encourage motorcyclists and bicyclists to get out on the road; motorists should use extra caution and share the road.
  • Set an example to your children and other drivers by practicing courtesy on the road.
  • Drivers and passengers need to wear their seatbelts at all times.

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