Road Safety Awareness Campaign
2017-05-18 13:58 PDT
With the long weekend around the corner, Coquitlam RCMP are asking everyone to slow down and enjoy every minute of it. For the next few weeks, Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services, Tri Cities Speed Watch volunteers and ICBC will be teaming up to focus on high-risk drivers during their awareness campaign which launched on May 15th.
We want to reduce crashes and help drivers understand the risks of high-risk driving behaviours including speeding said Kathleen Nadalin, local ICBC road safety coordinator.
Be realistic about travel times to reduce your risk of crashing. Slow down and keep your distance between vehicles to arrive at your destination safely.
This weekend has consistently proven to be a busy weekend for crashes and injuries in B.C.
Last year, 330 people were injured in 1,200 crashes throughout the Lower Mainland over the Victoria Day long weekend.
High-Risk Driving Factors
- Speeding reduces your reaction time, and the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop.
- Speed reduces your reaction time, heightening your risk of being involved in a crash if you need to brake suddenly.
- Speed limits are intended for optimal conditions. The speed you're going should be relative to the road and weather conditions.
Ignoring Traffic-control devices:
- It can seem tempting to roll through a stop sign or other traffic control device, but doing so puts you and other road users at risk.
- When you're approaching a light that's been green for a while, prepare yourself to stop if the light changes.
- Remember that yellow lights mean you must stop unless it's unsafe to do so.
- Leave your phone alone.
- Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
- Remember using a phone at a stop light is still prohibited.
- Plan ahead and use a designated driver.
- Alcohol affects people in different ways, so know your limits and chose not to drink and drive.
- Driving after using drugs, even prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
For more information on high-risk driving, please visit ICBC's website. If you would like to join the Tri-Cities Speed Watch Program, please visit the Coquitlam RCMP website.
Cst. Jennifer GoodingsMedia Relations
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