May 16, 2014 - 6:17 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Government agencies are advising May long-weekend travelers to remain safe and informed when planning vacation trips.
ICBC reports, on average, a total of 1700 crashes occur on the long-weekend. Drivers are advised to plan trips ahead and avoid rushing to a destination.
Police will target high-risk behaviours such as speeding, failing to yield, following too closely and ignoring a traffic device; these driving behaviours contribute to 44 per cent of police-reported crashes resulting in injuries or fatalities.
On average, 68 people are injured in 260 crashes throughout the Southern Interior every year over the Victoria Day long weekend, while 17 people are injured in 100 crashes throughout the North Central region.
“This May long weekend, pay extra attention to your own driving – take your time, leave a safe following distance and watch out for other road users, especially at intersections," ICBC Director of Road Safety John Dickinson said in a corporate press release.
Vacationers are also advised to follow specified rules and guidelines in Provincial Parks. This includes registering for camping, abiding by liquor rules, checking hunting restrictions and observing fire restrictions found on the local Wildfire Management Branch website.
Links to more information:
Recreation Sites and Trails BC
Wildfire Management Branch
Hunting and Fishing Regulations
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