National Road Safety Week

Welcome to Canada's National Road Safety Week 2014. In case you missed it, this campaign runs from May 13 to May 19 and includes the Victoria Day long weekend. Here in B.C. we will likely see 1,700 crashes, 490 people injured and 2 people killed. I'm sure that you will agree, this is not acceptable level of safety on our highways.

ICBC and the police send out press releases, the media mentions the campaign and highlights the tragedies and road users for the most part carry on as if it were just another week. Unless you are in one of the 1,700 crashes or realize that 80% of your ICBC premium is spent directly on crash costs, that's probably as much thought as you will spare.

We should be more involved in road safety as each one of us can make a difference if we try. Carmen Cohoe, Steve Wallace, Paul Hergott and Karen Bowman are four examples of BC residents I know who are committed to road safety on a personal level. In fact, they make every day part of their road safety week.

The four are also publicly committed to helping you become a safer driver through their blogs and other unique efforts. Please take a moment to look them up, it's time well spent if it keeps you out of the long weekend statistics, away from a traffic ticket or just helps you become a more aware driver.


The author is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. To comment or learn more, please visit drivesmartbc.ca.

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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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