December 21, 2012
Sadly, an average of 34 people are killed and 7,110 injured in 4,740 crashes every December on B.C. roads, making it one of the highest months of the year for crashes.
This week has proven that winter road conditions across B.C. can be both challenging and unpredictable. As we officially welcome winter today, ICBC is asking drivers who will be travelling over the holidays to get prepared and adjust their driving to the weather conditions.
“Winter weather has arrived in our province and it’s vital for drivers to be prepared before they set out for the holidays,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The safety of B.C. families is our top priority. Drivebc.ca is a valuable resource and allows drivers to see what road conditions they might face on their trip so they can feel confident that they’re well prepared to get to their destination safely.”
“We want you to reach your destination alive,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “Speeding in poor weather conditions is extremely dangerous and foolish, especially when you consider it’s a leading cause of death on our roads. Be prepared for the weather, slow down, stay sober, and take care of the precious holiday cargo you’re carrying in your vehicle – you and your family.”
“Whether you’re travelling a short distance to a family member’s home or longer for a ski hill getaway, we’re urging drivers to adjust their driving to the winter conditions across the province right now,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety. “We want you and your family to enjoy the holidays and stay safe on our roads, so please make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the trip and use extra care while driving.”
Here are ICBC’s tips to help drivers and their families stay safe on the road this winter:
For more tips on winter driving including information on black ice and winter tires, visit icbc.com/road-safety.
In the Lower Mainland, on average, 9 people are killed and 4,650 injured in 3,130 crashes every December.
On Vancouver Island, on average, 5 people are killed and 970 injured in 660 crashes every December.
In the Southern Interior, on average, 13 people are killed and 1,060 injured in 680 crashes every December.
In North Central B.C., on average, 8 people are killed and 410 injured in 260 crashes every December.