Road Safety Stressed for Long Weekend
Prince George, B.C. – Traffic volumes on highways throughout BC are expected to be high as people hit the road to either enjoy the last long weekend of summer, or head home from holidays. Whatever the reason that finds people behind the wheel, North District RCMP Traffic Services are calling for people to drive carefully.
Last year in the North Central region,16 people were injured in 120 crashes over the Labour Day long weekend.
Police say you can expect to see plenty of RV’s on the road, and drivers may find RVs are driving below the speed limit because the vehicles may be underpowered and overloaded. Drivers are asked to be patient with RV drivers, as the RV is likely going uphill as fast as it can. The advice for RV drivers, is to be courteous and pull over to let others by if you’re holding up traffic. This is much safer than a driver making an unsafe pass out of frustration.
As always, preplanning your trip is essential, with first making sure your vehicle is in good operating condition by checking coolant levels, lights, tires, and that anything loaded on the vehicle is securely tied down.
Plan your route, check with drivebc.ca for conditions on major routes in the province.
Keep your distance , allowing at least two seconds of following distance in good road conditions, at least three seconds on high speed roads and increase your distance when following a large vehicle such as an RV or logging truck.
The last couple of weeks throughout North District have seen numerous crashes which resulted in five fatalities. Exercising some patience and care will go a long way to ensuring everyone wraps up the summer of 2016 by getting home safely.