May 8, 2007


ICBC reminds grads to plan for a safe ride home

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Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is reminding grads to plan for a safe ride home after the big celebration.

“Graduation celebrations aren’t over until everyone arrives home safely,” says Laurie Baker, ICBC road safety manager. “We know how hard students have worked to complete school; don’t let the excitement of this milestone lead to reckless driving behaviour.”

Car crashes are the number-one killer of youth in B.C.; in 2005, 76 young people aged 13 to 21 were killed, and 9,700 were injured in crashes. Unsafe speeds and alcohol were the two top contributing factors in fatal crashes involving young people. Furthermore, according to Transport Canada, seatbelt use rates are the lowest among drivers under 25 years of age.

Suggestions to get home safely include booking a transportation service such as a limousine or taxi, using public transit, or calling a friend or family member for a ride home. To coincide with the graduation season, RoadSense speakers are touring the province, using personal stories to teach young people about the risks and rewards of cars and driving. For more information, visit ICBC.com.

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