ICBC and BC Government are encouraging drivers to plan ahead and drive safely



    Tips to stay safe and enjoy the Easter long weekend

    VANCOUVER, April 9 /CNW/ - ICBC and the Provincial Government are
encouraging all drivers to plan ahead and drive safely this Easter long
weekend. To help ensure all British Columbians enjoy a safe weekend, police
will be out in full force ticketing drivers who engage in high-risk driving
behaviours.
    Over the past five years (2004 - 2008), there have been an average of
2,100 crashes, 640 injuries and five fatalities throughout B.C. over the
four-day Easter long weekend.

    
    When you are out on the roads this weekend, remember the following safety
driving tips:

    -   Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times. Allow extra time for
        possible delays that may occur due to increased traffic volume over
        the long weekend.

    -   If this weekend is your first road trip of the year, check the
        condition of your vehicle to ensure it is equipped for a longer
        drive. Inspect vehicle tires, including the spare, making sure they
        are in good condition and properly inflated.

    -   Whether travelling a long distance or a short trip, always slow down
        and maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles.

    -   As the weather improves, be aware of additional road users, such as
        motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians.

    -   Drivers and passengers need to remember to wear their seatbelts at
        all times.

    -   And set an example to your children and other drivers by practicing
        courtesy on the road.

    For more road safety tips, visit www.icbc.com.
    





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For further information: Media contacts: Kathy Taylor, (604) 816-7983;
Cindy Rose, (250) 213-3602

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