WATCH: Statistically, the number of crashes increases every long weekend in BC and roughly 45 per cent of the people in killed crashes did nothing wrong.
The carnage on B.C. highways inevitably piles up every Victoria Day long weekend and the numbers are shocking.
The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) reports:
-Over the Victoria Day long weekend, 390 people were injured in 1,500 crashes throughout the Lower Mainland in 2017.
-Over the Victoria Day long weekend, 61 people were injured in 352 crashes on Vancouver Island in 2017.
The 2017 figures are the latest available.
Police say they’ll be out in full force this weekend conducting a province-wide enforcement blitz to target speeders as part of a month-long campaign.
“Speed is a big thing we see on long weekends especially in the springtime,” said Comox Valley RCMP spokesperson Const. Monika Terragni. “People are excited to be out there and get camping and out in the good weather but sometimes people forget to pack their patience.”
ICBC further reports: “In a recent survey conducted by Ipsos for ICBC (April 2019), almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of respondents said they’ve been concerned for their safety as a passenger in a vehicle they considered to be speeding. And as drivers, 46 percent said their top concern of possible consequences from speeding was injuring a passenger.
With speed the number one cause of car crash fatalities in B.C., it’s no wonder people are concerned. As you’re travelling with family and friends this long weekend, remember to slow down and speak up if you feel uncomfortable, police say.
“You need to slow down. There are a lot more people out on the road. You need to be prepared for their driving behaviour,” added Const. Terragni.
That’s also the message from former RCMP officer and now driving instructor Dave Hay who says while you might be a good driver, you could be the collateral damage of someone who isn’t.
“Statistically, almost 45 per cent of the people who die in crashes did nothing wrong,” he said. “They were the innocent victims who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He says you constantly need to be aware of the vehicles around you.
“Look at where your car’s going to be in 20, 30 seconds from now, don’t box yourself in, always leave yourself an escape route,” said Hay.