Crashes Down at Major Hot Spot Intersections
The Traffic Services Section unit says its focus on factors which are contributing causes to crashes, has resulted in a 93% reduction crashes at the intersection of highways 16 and 97 and significant reductions at other intersections which ICBC has noted (2013 data) as the top ten worst intersections for crashes in Prince George.
From April 2016 to March 2017, the Prince George RCMP conducted an enforcement and education campaign targeting high risk behaviours at, or near, high-frequency collision locations.
Here’s how things have changed:
|Ferry Avenue and Highway 16||19||11||-42|
|Cowart Road & Vance Road at Highway 16||18||7||-61|
|Highway 16 and Highway 97||15||1||-93|
|Domano Boulevard & Tyner Boulevard at Highway 16||13||5||-62|
|Highway 97 & Central Street at 15th Avenue||12||10||-17|
|15th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard||9||1||-89|
|20th Avenue and Victoria Street||6||6||0|
|Konrath Road & Westgate Road at Highway 16||6||3||-50|
|20th Ave at 17th Ave & Carney Street at Massey Drive||6||2||-67|
|15th Avenue / Patricia Boulevard and Victoria Street||5||5||0|
The Traffic Services Section focused on:
- Impaired driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Seatbelt use;
- Intersection-related violations.
We are really happy with these results, but we still have work to do says Sgt. Matt LaBelle, in charge of the Prince George RCMP’s Traffic Services Section.
Ultimately, we want to eliminate all collisions and the harm that they cause.
For this fiscal year, the Prince George RCMP will be focusing their enforcement and education efforts within the corridors leading up to and at the following intersections (based on ICBC’s 2015 data):
- Ferry Avenue and Highway 16;
- Highway 16 and Highway 97;
- Domano Boulevard & Tyner Boulevard at Highway 16;
- Cowart Road & Vance Road at Highway 16;
- Highway 97 and 10th Avenue (new);
- Highway 97 and Austin Road (new);
- Highway 97 and 5th Avenue (new);
- 15th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard;
- Massey Drive and Westwood Drive (new);
- 20th Avenue and Victoria Street.
Although the enforcement focus will be on these locations it will not be limited to these locations. The Prince George RCMP recognize that traffic safety is important in all areas of the City and in the rural communities outside of the City limits.
The RCMP cannot be everywhere at once, so they are hoping the public will help. If you see a dangerous or impaired driver, pull over and call 9-1-1.
The safety of the public is greatly enhanced when we receive information from the public says Sgt. LaBelle.
Providing information about drivers that are putting other road users at risk is vital to road safety.
If you see a traffic violation and want to make a report, please call the Prince George RCMP non-emergency line at 250-561-3300. Keep in mind, that in In order to issue a violation ticket under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, police require a formal statement and your willingness to attend court. Make note of the time, date & location of the offence, the license plate of the offending vehicle, direction of travel and a general description of the incident. If police are provided with a statement and your willingness to attend court, investigators can follow-up with the registered owner of the vehicle and issue them a violation ticket. That cannot be done without your witness account.