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A long, deadly weekend

Going on a road trip this Victoria Day long weekend?

Well, the police will be watching.

As part of a province-wide enforcement blitz to target high-risk driving behaviours this month, police will be keeping a close eye on B.C. roads.

Over the Victoria Day long weekend in 2016, 490 people were injured in 1,900 crashes in just B.C.

On average, two people are killed every year this weekend, according to data ICBC collected from police.

Breaking statistics down by location for the Victoria Day long weekend:

  • 330 people injured in 1,200 crashes in the Lower Mainland
  • 52 people injured in 290 crashes on Vancouver Island
  • 69 people injured in 270 crashes in Southern Interior
  • 38 people injured in 140 crashes in North Central

ICBC recommends drivers plan their route and check road conditions before leaving along with these four tips:

  • Be realistic about travel times and accept delays that may arise
  • Don't speed up as someone is trying to pass you
  • Stay focused and avoid distractions that take your mind off driving and your eyes off the road.
  • Allow at least three seconds following distance when you're behind a motorcycle.


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