Current Road Safety Campaigns 2018
CounterAttack roadchecks begin July 1st
Starting this Canada Day long weekend, police are stepping up their enforcement of impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks across the province.
Every year in B.C., 65 people die in crashes involving impaired driving. That's why ICBC and police are urging drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home whenever your summer activities involve alcohol.
On Canada Day, on average, one person is killed and 190 are injured in 730 crashes across the province.
While much progress has been made, impaired driving remains the leading cause of criminal death in Canada and in the top three contributing factors for fatal crashes in B.C. With many options available – like arranging a designated driver, calling a taxi or taking transit – there's no excuse to drive impaired.
If you're hosting a celebration this summer and plan to serve alcohol, get an ICBC special event permit kit for free on icbc.com. It's also available when you apply for an event liquor permit on BCLiquorStores.com. The kits includes items to encourage designated drivers to stay sober and for guests to find a safe ride home.
ICBC supports two impaired driving education campaigns every year as well as funding for CounterAttack enhanced police enforcement. Learn more facts in ICBC's infographic.
ICBC urges drivers to watch for cyclists and share the road this summer
Six cyclists are injured every day in the summer in B.C., so ICBC is urging drivers and cyclists to take extra care on our roads as we near Bike to Work Week (May 28 to June 3).
As ridership increases in the summer, so does the number of cyclist-related crashes. In B.C., 760 cyclists are injured and seven are killed in car crashes from June to September every year.*
"More crashes mean more deaths, injuries and claims, which is why we need to work together to make roads safer," said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC's acting vice-president responsible for road safety. "We sponsor Bike to Work Week as an opportunity to educate both drivers and cyclists. It's part of our commitment to support road safety programs throughout the province. Whether you're a driver or a cyclist, please do your part to drive smart."
Tips for drivers:
- As a driver, you see cyclists when you really look for them. Stay alert, especially at intersections, and be ready to yield the right-of-way.
- Watch for cyclists on the road and make eye contact if you can, so they can anticipate your next move.
- Shoulder check for cyclists before turning right and watch for oncoming cyclists before turning left. Scan for cyclists before you enter the roadway from an alley or get in and out of a parking spot.
- Both drivers and passengers must shoulder check for cyclists before opening their vehicle door. Not only will it keep cyclists safe, it will help you avoid a dooring violation and fine too.
- Maintain at least three seconds of following distance behind cyclists and at least one metre when passing a cyclist. Don't risk side-swiping or running a cyclist off the road.
Tips for cyclists:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals and follow the rules of the road.
- Use designated bike routes whenever possible – they're safer and reduce conflicts with vehicle traffic. Check your local municipality's website for designated bike routes or visit TransLink.ca for maps of cycling routes in Metro Vancouver.
- If there's no bike lane, keep to the right-hand side of the road as much as it's safe to do so. It's illegal to ride on most sidewalks and crosswalks – it puts pedestrians in danger and drivers don't expect cyclists to enter the roadway from a sidewalk.
- Use caution around parked vehicles. Be aware of people in vehicles and taxis to avoid getting hit by an opening door. It's best to keep at least one metre away from parked vehicles.
- Before making any turns, shoulder check and hand signal in advance. Remember, drivers sometimes fail to yield right-of-way.
For more information about cycling, and videos about these tips, visit our cycling safety page on icbc.com.
ICBC asking drivers to take a break from your phone when you're behind the wheel
Every day, there are now approximately 875 crashes on B.C. roads, nearly two per minute, many of these due to distracted driving. In fact, distracted driving accounts for more fatalities on B.C. roads than impaired driving. Approximately 78 people are killed as a result of distracted driving and driver inattention every year.
Everyone has a part to play in keeping our roads safe.
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