Highway ramps draw highest numbers of Lower Mainland crashes
Knight Street and Marine Drive in Vancouver is the fourth most likely spot in the Lower Mainland to get into a traffic accident. (Michael Mui, 24 hours)
Drivers in the Lower Mainland would do well to pay attention at highway on-ramps and off-ramps - they're the places those behind the wheel are most likely to get into a crash.
Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague said on Sunday the collisions are often because drivers aren't paying attention.
"Many of those collisions are rear-enders because drivers are not paying attention to the road and other cars," he said by email.
"It includes, but not limited to, cell phones, following too close, not following signage, not merging properly, etc."
In Vancouver, according to ICBC statistics, the place most likely to get into a crash are the ramps at Knight Street and Southeast Marine.
That location saw 230 crashes last year. Montague said police focus enforcement in high-collision areas, but added enforcement "could be greatly reduced" if drivers do their own part.
Elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, the ramps in Burnaby at Willingdon Avenue and Highway 1 were the most dangerous — they saw nearly a crash a day at 350 collisions in 2013.
Ramps at Brunette Avenue and Highway 1 saw 340 crashes. Gaglardi Way and Highway 1 saw 250, followed by Knight and Marine in Vancouver.
Highway 1 ramps in Langley also saw large numbers of accidents, as did several King George Boulevard intersections in Surrey.
The Ministry of Transportation was unable to comment by presstime. However, government announced several safety improvements along Highway 99 ramps earlier this year, including a new 80th Street off-ramp in Delta and an extended Steveston Highway off-ramp in Richmond.
The government is also working to improve a Ladner Trunk Road acceleration lane to Highway 99.