ICBC urges motorists to stay safe this long weekend

By Adam Donnelly
June 29, 2018 - 5:03pm

KAMLOOPS — The Canada Day long weekend is often one of the busiest weekends of the summer. Between families getting out of town for the first trip of summer vacation, to revellers celebrating the anniversary of Confederation, city roads and area highways will be full of traffic.

Which is why ICBC is urging motorists to take care when driving this weekend. Road Safety And Community Coordinator with ICBC, Ingrid Brakop says between traffic and construction, motorists should have planned some extra time driving this weekend, to ensure they aren’t rushed, and arrive safely.

“Be patient,” Brakop urges motorists. “There is going to be more traffic on the highways this weekend.”

Historically, impaired driving is a concern on the roads throughout the province over the long weekend, which is why the RCMP will be out stepping up enforcement efforts to try and keep impaired drivers off the road. Brakop says if you’re planning on celebrating Canada Day with a few beverages, it’s important to plan ahead for a safe ride home.

“Over the Canada Day Long Weekend in the Southern Interior, there are about 25 injuries as a result of impaired driving collisions,” Brakop says. “Obviously these are collisions that can be preventable. This weekend, ICBC and police partners are inviting people to make good decisions for themselves. If your activities this long weekend include some alcohol, make sure that you plan for a safe ride home.”

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