Vancouver, British Columbia – As drivers head out for the May long weekend, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the province and police are urging everyone to slow down and drive safely.
The month-long campaign coincides with Canada’s Road Safety Week, May 12-18, and includes enhanced speed enforcement, volunteer Speed Watch deployments in high-crash locations, and advertising in communities across the province.
ICBC said that over the Victoria Day long weekend, there is an average of 80 speed-related collisions, 60 injuries, and two deaths in the province. In an average year in B.C., there are 8,200 speed-related collisions, which cause 5,500 injuries and 161 deaths. This year, ICBC is investing $1.36 million for speed-related initiatives to reduce crashes and injuries, and save lives, which will result in low and stable rates for customers.
“Speeding is the cause of too many senseless deaths and injuries every year in B.C.,” said Superintendent Norm Gaumont of the RCMP’s traffic services. “The reason is simple: the faster you go, the longer it takes for you to stop. So slow down and enjoy your long weekend. The added bonus is you’ll also avoid a ticket.”
Fines for speeding range from $138 to $483, and drivers who have one or more excessive speeding convictions on or after January 1, 2008 also pay ICBC a driver risk premium, which is separate from insurance premiums.
Under B.C. street racing laws, a vehicle used to street race can be impounded on the spot, with the driver’s license suspended immediately. Drivers who street race can also face charges under Canada’s Criminal Code and could have their vehicles forfeited and sold under civil forfeiture laws.