B.C. Highway Patrol says that May marks the beginning of increased traffic on B.C. roadways, increasing the potential for collisions.
Police across the province are conducting enhanced enforcement to educate the public and target high-risk drivers this month.
In a release, they identify some high-risk driving behaviours such as speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving and improper passing, but add that this is not an exhaustive list.
They say that according to provincial statistics, an average of 114 people die in collisions every year in the province where high-risk driving was a factor.
Driving is a complex, divided attention task, and there are several easy things drivers can do to reduce risk to themselves, their families and other motorists,” says Chief Superintendent Holly Turton, Officer in Charge of BC Highway Patrol.
First, slow down, obey speed limits, wear your seatbelt, drive defensively, drive sober and free of distractions. By following these simple rules, we are making our highways safer together.“
The highway patrol officers remind drivers that driving is a privilege and B.C. is a leader when it comes to holding drivers accountable for their actions.