May is High Risk Driving month in BC
B.C., BC Highway Patrol
2021-05-10 08:00 PDT
The month of May marks the beginning of increased traffic on BC roadways and, with more road users, the potential for an increase in collisions. To save lives, May is identified as High Risk Driving month and police across BC are conducting enhanced enforcement to educate the driving public and target high risk driving behaviours.
High-risk driving behaviours include, but are not limited to:
- Speeding / Excessive Speed
- Impaired Driving
- Driving without Due Care and Attention
- Distracted Driving / Use of Electronic Devices
- Following too closely
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Improper passing
According to provincial statistics, 115 people die, on average, every year in BC crashes involving high-risk driving. Injuries and death that result from high-risk driving behaviours can be prevented, and it all starts with the person behind the wheel.
Driving is a complex, divided attention task and there are several easy things drivers can do to reduce risk to themselves, their families and other motorists, says Supt. Holly Turton, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Traffic Services.
First, slow down, obey speed limits, wear your seatbelt, drive defensively, drive sober and free of distractions.
The entire month of May is dedicated to this campaign and includes Canada Safety Council’s National Road Safety Week from May 11th to 17th.
Driving is a privilege and BC is a leader when it comes to holding drivers accountable for their actions. Motorists can expect to see enhanced enforcement throughout the province during the month of May and beyond.
Cpl. Mike HalskovMedia Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
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