EDITORIAL: Cracking down on drivers

The May long weekend is notorious for seeing an increase in traffic accidents, some with fatal consequences.

The unofficial start to summer has arrived as thousands of B.C.ers will hit the road this May long weekend to go camping, visit relatives or just leave their homes to enjoy some leisure time in the (hopefully) sunny weather.

But all that excitement to “get away” means thousands more cars on the road.

The May long weekend is notorious for seeing an increase in traffic accidents, some with fatal consequences.

ICBC stats indicate that, on average, 340 people are injured in 1,100 crashes throughout the Lower Mainland – including Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley – every year over the Victoria Day long weekend. Provincially, on average, two people are killed and 490 injured during the three-day weekend.

With these stats in mind, police are kicking off an enforcement blitz, beginning today, to try and prevent a tragic incident and cut down on high-risk driving habits.

While impaired driving is a concern, many collisions are caused by smaller errors in judgment.

Failing to yield the right-of-way, speeding, unsafe lane changes, tailgating and ignoring traffic control devices are all contributors to accidents.

According to ICBC 43 per cent of all crashes in B.C. are a result of failing to yield, and 60 per cent of all crashes happen at intersections.

Here in Mission, Project Swoop takes place on the Lougheed Highway as RCMP officers focus on cracking down on drivers who display these bad habits.

Police will be handing out tickets to drivers who break the rules of the road. A fine is a small price to pay if it helps prevent a fatal collision.

The weekend is supposed to be a fun time – drive slow, drive safe and come home alive.

If the statistics hold true, two B.C.ers won’t this weekend.

 

Just Posted

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

Input sought for road works for Maple Ridge

Consultation on Haney Bypass upgrades

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Rock slide closes Hwy. 1 south of Ashcroft until Friday afternoon

A rock slide Thursday afternoon near Spences Bridge closed the highway in both directions

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Sexsmith set to suit up for Giants

Vancouver signs ninth overall pick in 2017 WHL bantam draft

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

Most Read