Drinking and driving will not be tolerated

    ICBC wants everyone to enjoy a safe BC Day long weekend

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Summer is now in full swing and the roads are
busy with visitors and residents alike. ICBC is encouraging motorists to avoid
high-risk driving behaviours this long weekend, wherever you plan to travel.
To help ensure motorists get the message, police across BC continue to be out
in full force as part of this summer's drinking and driving CounterAttack
    "There are serious consequences if you drink and drive. Don't ruin your
long weekend by getting a driving suspension, having your car impounded, or
much worse killing yourself or someone else. Please drive responsibly," said
Solicitor General John Les.
    On average over the last five years (2002 - 2006), there were 547
injuries and six fatalities in 1,690 vehicle crashes during the three-day BC
Day long weekend. These crashes cost ICBC and BC drivers more than $14.2
million in claims costs.
    "Bad driving habits affect everyone's insurance rates," said Nicolas
Jimenez, ICBC's Director of Road Safety and Loss Prevention. "ICBC invests in
road safety to keep rates low and stable, but motorists need to do their part
by driving safely."

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

    -  If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out,
       keep money aside for a bus or taxi, or call a friend for a safe ride

    -  Avoid high-risk driving behaviours, such as speeding, tailgating,
       running red-lights and stop signs. 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.

    -  Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Long weekend traffic
       and weather conditions may affect traffic volume and travel times.

    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 file your claim online at www.icbc.com.

For further information:

For further information: Doug Henderson, (604) 982-1332; Kate Best,
(604) 982-2480; Alyson Gourley-Cramer (Southern Interior and North Central),
(250) 961-9299

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