Avoid high-risk driving to stay safe this Canada Day long weekend

    ICBC says bad driving habits affect everyone's insurance rates

    VANCOUVER, June 27 /CNW/ - ICBC is encouraging drivers to help make the
roads safer by using their RoadSense, this Canada Day long weekend. According
to the five-year average (2002-2006), two people die and 161 people are
injured in 574 crashes on Canada Day. These crashes cost ICBC and its
customers more than $4.4 million in claims costs.
    "Year after year, speeding is the top contributing factor in all fatal
collisions. By simply slowing down, we can reduce crashes and save lives,"
said Solicitor General John Les. "To help get this message across, police will
be out on B.C. roads this weekend ticketing drivers who engage in high-risk
driving behaviours."
    Many motorists will admit to occasionally engaging in high-risk driving
behaviours, such as following too closely, or not stopping completely at stop
signs, but research shows that most of these drivers do not usually consider
themselves as a high-risk driver. There is a strong link between high-risk
driving behaviour and crashes. Excessive speed, failing to yield, improper
passing, following too close and running red lights or stop signs caused 45
per cent of automobile-related deaths on our roads in 2005.

    If you are travelling this weekend, remember the following safety tips:

    -  Avoid high-risk driving behaviours, practice courtesy and set an
       example for other drivers.

    -  Slow down and maintain a safe traveling speed between your vehicle and
       the one in front.

    -  Warmer weather can encourage motorcyclists and bicyclists to get out
       on the road. Remember to use extra caution, share the road, and keep a
       look out for these other road users.

    -  Prior to road trips, remember to check the condition of your vehicle
       to ensure it is properly equipped for longer drives. Inspect all
       tires, including the spare, making sure they are in good condition and
       properly inflated and ensure all necessary fluids are topped up.

    If you are involved in a crash and need to file a claim, ICBC's
Dial-A-Claim service is open 24 hours a day, including holidays. In the Lower
Mainland, you can call 604-520-8222, for the rest of B.C. call 1-800-910-4222,
or you can also file your claim online at www.icbc.com.
    For more information on ICBC's high-risk driving campaign, visit

For further information:

For further information: Kate Best, (604) 982-2480; Tamara McLean -
Vancouver Island, (250) 414-7883; Ryan Detwiller - Southern Interior, (250)
979-4612; Alyson Gourley-Cramer - North Central, (250) 561-5006

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