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Speed still kills: Police in B.C. targeting lead-footed drivers during pandemic

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May 04, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Although there is more free space on the roadways in B.C. due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ICBC is urging drivers to not exceed the posted speed limit.

The insurance corporation, the provincial government and local police forces are working together on a month-long campaign targeting drivers using the spacious roadways as an excuse to put the pedal to the metal,

"Whether you're a driver, rider, cyclist or pedestrian – we can all play our part over the coming months by only travelling when necessary, and taking extra care on every journey," ICBC's vice-president of public affairs Lindsay Matthews says in a media release.

"Driving over the speed limit really doesn't get you there noticeably sooner, and instead increases your chances of crashing.”

The campaign aims to keep people safe and alleviate any additional pressure put on the health care system during the pandemic.

Although there might not be as many other vehicles on the roads as usual, ICBC urges drivers to slow down and be aware of the families and pedestrians who are using this time to go for walks or bike rides.

ICBC notes that speeding increases the risk of crashing and reduces the amount of time to react to something unexpected.

Each year in the Southern Interior, 26 people die as a result of speed-related crashes, according to ICBC. Overall, an average of 82 people die throughout the province annually due to speeding.

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