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Road safety a major concern over holiday weekend 0

By Jane Deacon

Vancouver Police Department will be out over the weekend patrolling for speeding and impaired driving violations. FILE PHOTO

Vancouver Police Department will be out over the weekend patrolling for speeding and impaired driving violations. FILE PHOTO

An average of four people are killed in car accidents over the Labour Day weekend in B.C. every year. There are roughly 1,900 collisions that result in 560 injuries, according to statistics from ICBC.

In the Lower Mainland alone, there are typically 1,200 crashes every year throughout the holiday.

As people make the most of the long weekend, the added volume of traffic is a primary concern for Vancouver Police Department.

“Give yourself that extra time to get to where you’re going,” said Const. Brian Montague. “Make sure you get there and not get involved in a collision on the way because you’re either in too much of a hurry or you’re being distracted.”

He added that officers will be out patrolling for speeding, and impaired and distracted driving.

ICBC is also urging people to stay safe on the roads, offering the advice of assigning a designated driver, keeping a safe distance from other cars, packing an emergency kit and staying alert.

RVs are another major consideration, with the sometimes overloaded and underpowered vehicles driving below the speed limit. Drivers of RVs are encouraged to pull over and let others pass if holding up traffic, says ICBC.

“We want everyone heading out of town for the last long weekend of summer to make it home safely,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety, in a press release. “Plan your route before you begin driving so you stay focused on the road.” 

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