Const. Steve Shaw of the Vancouver Police Traffic Enforcement Unit writes a speeding ticket near a cutout of a fellow officer in Vancouver on Thursday June 19, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.-wide blitz over Victoria Day long weekend aims to catch speeding drivers

ICBC says speed is the number one cause of car crash fatalities

Officers will be conducting a province-wide speeding enforcement blitz on the Victoria Day long weekend.

In a recent study conducted for ICBC, 72 per cent of respondents said they have felt unsafe as a passenger in a vehicle they consider to be speeding. As drivers, 46 per cent said their main concern at the wheel was hurting a passenger by speeding.

READ MORE: NDP defends new speed cameras coming to 35 intersections

“With speed the number one cause of car crash fatalities in B.C., it’s no wonder people are concerned,” ICBC said Tuesday.

The corporation is reminding drivers to check their route’s conditions before departing, give themselves enough time to get there so they aren’t in a rush, leave their phones alone, and to let another car pass them instead of speeding up.

“Make a game of looking for motorcycles. Have each passenger guess how many motorcycles you’ll see during the drive and then count them as you go. It’s a great way to teach young drivers to look for motorcyclists,” the release said.

In 2017, 540 people were injured in 2,300 crashes in the province on the Victoria Day long weekend.



joti.grewal@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Tofino mayor cheers provincial government’s plastics survey

Mayors of Tofino, Victoria, Squamish and Rossland collaborate on letter.

Youth lead Ucluelet Cemetery nameplate project

Students navigate maps and scour local archives over three years to honour deceased.

Tofino awards $2.4M contract to connect path to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

The district announced the project will be paid entirely with grants.

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. seizes 1.5M grams contraband tobacco, down from 5.75M grams the year prior

The 2019-2020 seizures were a sharp drop compared to the 2018-2019 year,

B.C. Speaker tight-lipped about aide’s legislature security tour

B.C. Liberals question Alan Mullen’s drive across Canada, U.S.

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Most Read