Fort St. John RCMP are stepping up traffic enforcement ahead of the long weekend.
This week is National Road Safety Week, and the local detachment says it will be joining police forces across Canada to ensure drivers are sober and wearing their seat belts.
There were 1,900 collisions in B.C. during the 2016 Victoria Day long weekend, with 490 people sustaining injuries, the detachment says. Of those, there were 38 people injured in 140 collisions in the North Central Region. On average, two people are killed every year over the long weekend in the province.
"Driving is a privilege and nobody goes out thinking they are not going to return home or get injured while travelling," Cst. Chad Neustaeter said in a news release. "Help to keep the roads safe for everyone."
The detachment issued these safety tips:
- Plan your travels ahead of time so you are not rushed or in a hurry.
- Drive at the posted speed limits and help drivers get back into the lane when they pass you.
- Remain focused and avoid distraction while driving especially if you have passengers (precious cargo) in your vehicle.
- Only drive sober! Call for a taxi or sober friend or family member to pick you up if you have had anything to drink.
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