Vancouver, British Columbia – The dangers at intersections are the focus of a safety awareness and enforcement campaign launched by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and police. Drivers, pedestrians and motorcyclists all need to use caution, as more than 40 per cent of all police-attended crashes in the province happen at intersections.

“High-risk behaviours have no place on our roadways,” said RCMP superintendent Norm Gaumont. “We’re stepping up enforcement to let people know we’re serious about reducing crashes at intersections so that what we’ve seen doesn’t happen to you.”

On average, from 2005 to 2009, approximately 1,300 pedestrians were injured each year in intersection-related incidents in B.C., while more than 950 crashes involving motorcycles occur each year. Many drivers exhibit behaviours that may seem harmless, such as tailgating or failing to yield the right-of-way, but they increase the risk of causing a crash.

ICBC offers the following tips:

– When making a left-hand turn, be extra cautious and yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic.

– Leave enough space between your car and the one in front of you.

– Leave early and allow for extra travel time in case of delays.

– Yellow lights mean you should top if you can do so safely.

– Slow down and drive smart.

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