As drivers hit the road this Victoria Day long weekend, ICBC (Insurance Cooporation of BC) and police are asking drivers to watch their speed.
ICBC said on average, 480 people are injured and three people are killed in 1,800 crashes — including 63 people injured in 270 crashes throughout the Southern Interior — in the province over Victoria Day long weekend.
ICBC said police are conducting a province-wide enforcement blitz this long weekend to target speeders as part of this month's campaign.
Speeding increases your risk of crashing and remains the leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. with eight people, on average, killed in crashes involving speed every month from May through September.
Some tips to think about when traveling this long weekend:
- Be realistic about travel times to reduce your risk of crashing. Plan your route and check road conditions at drivebc.ca before you leave.
- Regular posted speed limits are a maximum speed set for ideal road and weather conditions. Slow down on wet roads, in bad weather conditions, or on uneven roads and increase your following distance to at least four seconds.
- Don't speed up as someone is trying to pass you. Help the other driver get back into your lane by adjusting your speed to allow a safe gap for them to move into.
- Avoid any distractions that take your mind and eyes off the road. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of crashes so remember to leave your phone alone.