As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, ICBC reminds drivers to slow down as BC roads will be busier than ever.
Provincially over this holiday weekend, on average, two people are killed and 480 people are injured with speed as a top contributing factor in these crashes.
In Northern BC during the May long weekend, ICBC says on average 15 people are injured in 110 crashes.
With that in mind, ICBC has these driving tips:
Give yourself extra time and expect roads to be busy whether you’re staying in town or travelling. If you’re heading out on a road trip, plan your route and check road conditions at drivebc.ca. Do a pre-trip check to make your vehicle is in good working condition before you head out and pack an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you get stuck or stranded.
With the warm weather comes more motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists and recreational vehicles on our roads. Reduce your speed, increase your following distance and watch for vulnerable road users.
Avoid distractions that take your mind and eyes off the road. Distracted driving is a top contributing factor in May long weekend crashes so stay focused and leave your phone alone.
Throughout the month of May, police will be targeting speeding drivers with increased enforcement.
ICBC is also working with Speed Watch volunteers who will have speed-reader boards set up throughout the province to encourage drivers to slow down.