“Don’t take risks while driving that will endanger yourself or others,” Chief Officer, Neil Dubord said. “Police will be out in full force across the province this long weekend targeting high-risk driving behaviours so that our roads stay safe for everyone.”
ICBC says many drivers consider these behaviours harmless but they actually contribute to almost half of all reported crashes resulting in injuries or death. Each year, two people are killed and 490 injured throughout B.C during the May long weekend.
ICBC advise drivers to check the road and weather condition before heading out.
“Our highways will be much busier over the long weekend as people head out of town on weekend getaways,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone said. “Before leaving on your trip, check drivebc.ca for road and weather conditions so you and your family get to your destination safely.
ICBC says drivers should also get a check-up on their vehicle to ensure it’s ready for the long drive, watch out for motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians and keep a safe distance between vehicles on the roads.
“Always plan your trip and be very aware, especially at this time of year,” RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said. “More people are coming out on motorcycles, cycles and kids are playing outside.”