ICBC is encouraging drivers to plan ahead and drive safely

    Tips to stay safe and enjoy the Easter long weekend

    VANCOUVER, March 20 /CNW/ - ICBC is 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.
    "We expect the roads to be busy this weekend but we want everyone to be
safe," said Solicitor General John Les. "The message we're sending to
dangerous drivers is that police will be looking out for you to get you off
the road."
    Over the past five years (2003 - 2007), there have been an average of
2,000 crashes, 650 injuries and five fatalities throughout B.C. over the
four-day Easter long weekend.
    "Bad driving habits affect everyone's insurance rates. ICBC is keeping
insurance rates low and stable, while motorists do their part by driving
safely," said Nicolas Jimenez, ICBC's director of Road Safety.
    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.

    -   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

    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, call 604-520-8222, and for the rest of B.C., call 1-800-910-4222, or
you can file your claim online at

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Doug McClelland, (604)
982-2476; Doug Henderson, (604) 982-1332

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