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ICBC is asking for drivers to put safety first ahead of the B.C. Day long weekend.

Statistics provided by the insurance company says that, on average, five people are killed and 530 are injured in crashes across the province over the course of the long weekend.

Drivers should also expect to see an increased police presence on roads this long weekend as the B.C. government, police and ICBC are teaming up to increase the amount of road checks across the province.

In a press release, the insurance company says that most crashes occur on the Friday of the B.C. Day long weekend. They ask for drivers make plans to avoid traffic by leaving for their trips on a separate day.

The company also advises to take turns driving to help limit fatigue.

“Take your turn as the designated driver,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director of road safety in a press release. “If your activities involve alcohol, plan for a safe ride home – arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit.”

B.C. Day long weekend takes place every year on the first Monday of August.

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