Police Targeting Drivers Who Fail to Yield
Prince George, B.C. – Police have started a month long campaign focusing on failure to yield and other high-risk driving behaviours.
According to ICBC, 1,300 pedestrians are injured or killed in crashes at intersections in B.C. every year (in North Central B.C., 550 crashes, including 5 pedestrian fatalities in Prince George from October 2014 to January 2015).
“High-risk driving, including failing to yield, speeding, following too closely and ignoring a traffic control device, contributes to almost half (43%) of all police-reported crashes that result in injuries or fatalities each year in B.C.” says ICBC.
Along with stepped-up police enforcement, Speed Watch volunteers will also be set up in communities across the province to help encourage drivers to slow down.
“No one wants their actions to cause a tragedy so we’re asking drivers to always be ready to yield the right-of-way to other road users,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety. “When turning left, don’t let pedestrians be in your blind spot.”