RCMP and ICBC urging drivers to be careful on the roads

Cpl. Shelkie of the RCMP Crime Prevention Unit says some drivers may not have realized the decrease in the speed limit.

“The speed limit changed on this road last September from 70 km/hr to 50 km/hr. But many drivers either haven’t seen the new speed limit signs or are ignoring them.”

She warns that speedsters should be aware that the Fort St. John Municipal Traffic Unit is stepping up its enforcement efforts on the East Bypass Road, and just last week during a two hour speed initiative, pulled over 15 vehicles for speeding along this stretch of road.

Cpl. Shelkie adds that the speed was reduced for safety reasons.

“The speed limit was changed for the safety of pedestrians using the walking trail beside the road. We’re committed to ensuring the safety of the citizens using this trail and therefore we’re committed to enforcing the speed limit.”

The 50 km/hr limit is for the entire length of the East Bypass Road, from the Alaska Highway to 100 Street.

Also, along with the RCMP, ICBC is urging drivers who are travelling on the highways this long weekend to use caution when driving long distances, as the highways are often busier during extended weekends.

ICBC is offering some helpful tips to remain as safe as possible on the roads, such as planning an appropriate amount of travel time, be prepared for whatever travel conditions you will be driving through, make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey and keep a safe distance from fellow drivers.

According to the insurance company, every year over the Easter Day long weekend, an average of four people are killed and 630 injured in 2,200 crashes throughout B.C. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or staying close to home this long weekend, ICBC is requesting drivers plan ahead and make smart choices to help keep you and your family safe.