Be road smart this long weekend
The unofficial conclusion to summer holidays happens this weekend with the Labour Day Holiday.
Tuesday, students return to the classroom while familes return to the normal routine of fall.
However, before the first laptop is opened, the public is racing to get the most from the final longweekend of summer.
Which is why the province is encouraging the public to be safe this Labour Day holiday weekend — noted as one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Drivers are encouraged to stay alert, pay attention to the increased traffic levels, use caution and always drive to the road conditions, which can change quickly.
“As part of B.C. on the Move, our new 10-year transportation plan, we are committed to improving highway and road infrastructure to make the drive safer and to increase mobility for all motorists,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.
“That’s why we are continuing to invest in important safety improvements such as guardrail, median barrier, and intersection upgrades where they are needed the most. We also continue to build on our DriveBC network, adding 63 new highway cams this year alone.”
This is also the peak of highway construction season, and while most construction activities are put on hold for the long weekend, safety in work zones depends on drivers being alert and following the directions road signs and workers who may be present.
“Statistically, long weekends pose a higher risk for serious crashes so, on behalf of police officers everywhere, I ask drivers to focus on simple actions that make everyone safer on the road,” said chief constable Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Police Traffic Safety Committee.
“This long weekend, I urge you to become a driving role model by making a commitment to your family and friends to buckle up, slow down, leave your phone alone, and drive sober. For those who continue to take unnecessary driving risks, police will be out in force.”
Current highway conditions, travel advisories and closures are always available on the DriveBC website at www.DriveBC.ca, with more than 500 highway cam views throughout the province.
DriveBC updates are also available on Twitter. With continued wildfire activity across the province, travellers are encouraged to check DriveBC for updates so that they will know of any closures or warnings that may impact their travel before they go.