Police target traffic violators during High Risk Driving Campaign

West Shore, Traffic Services

2017-04-19 12:07 PDT

File # 2017-05

In partnership with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the West Shore RCMP will be conducting focused enforcement during the month of May as part of the High Risk Driving Campaign initiative.

High-risk driving behaviours contribute to 43% of all collisions that result in injuries or death in British Columbia. In 2016, a total of 1,802 collisions were reported to West Shore RCMP. Of those, 187 collisions involved injuries and 3 were fatal collisions.

High-risk driving includes the following behaviours:

Intersections are hot spots for failure-to-yield crashes – they’re busy locations where a number of road users need to cross paths and share space. About 60 per cent of all crashes in B.C. take place in intersections.

The following map depicts the collisions reported to West Shore RCMP in 2016.

Map of West Shore area with the collisions represented by red dots

Can I call or text when I’m stopped at a red light? No. The law applies whenever you are in control of the vehicle — even when you’re stopped at a light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Studies show that drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50 per cent of what is going on around them, visually. When you’re stopped at an intersection or slowed in traffic, you’re still driving.

For more information please visit ICBC Road Safety.
 

Released by

Cst. Alex Bérubé

Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
www.westshore.rcmp.ca
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Office: 250-391-3348
Fax: 250-474-8970

Email: westshore_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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