July 29, 2005
Summer long weekends are deadliest for driving
Burnaby, B.C. – Summer long weekends are notorious for being the deadliest times on the road, according to the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). On average, one person dies every day on B.C. roads and 57 people are injured, but the number doubles or even triples each day on summer long weekends.
According to B.C. Traffic Collision statistics, ten people died and 265 were injured during the B.C. Day long weekend in 2003. The worst long weekend for collisions is Labour Day, averaging 287 injuries and five deaths over the past five years.
The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation says there are four specific areas where drivers can have the most effect on preventing traffic collisions:
- Driving distractions. According to the American Automobile Association, about 25 per cent of all crashes are directly attributed to distractions, such as conversations, eating and drinking, manipulating audio controls and reaching for items inside the car.
- Driver fatigue. Motorists in a hurry to get to their destinations often drive through dinner and needed rest stops. Get enough sleep before a trip and take a break every two hours, or every 160 km.
- Impaired driving. The greatest number of impaired driving crashes occurs between May and August, not Christmas and New Year’s. Be alert for drivers who have been drinking, especially if you are driving late at night.
- Occupant restraints. It is important to ensure that everyone is buckled up in an age-appropriate restraint.