NEWS RELEASE · 22nd April 2010
High risk road use, better known as aggressive driving, is one of the top three highway safety concerns along with impaired driving and the non-use of seat-belts.
To date this year in the Northwest, we've had 7 fatal crashes to the end of March and an additional 5 since that time. There appears to be a trend away from the highways and into the communities with a full 50% of our fatal crashes occurring inside city limits. British Columbia as a whole saw a total of 52 fatal crashes between January and February this year alone.
Members of the North District West Traffic Services unit (Terrace, Smithers and Pr. Rupert), along with area detachment members throughout the Northwest and all of B.C., will be out in force throughout the month of May targeting high risk drivers in an attempt to educate the motoring public and reduce the number of serious collisions.
High Risk / Aggressive driving behaviors include;
- Use of an electronic device while driving
- Speeding and excessive speeding
- Rolling through stop signs
- Street Racing
- Failing to stop for yellow or red lights
- Following too closely (Tailgating)
- Unsafe lane changes or weaving in and out of traffic
- Blocking intersections
- Failing to yield to pedestrians or other vehicles
These behaviors often lead to frustrated drivers and could result in a serious injury/fatal collision or a road rage incident.
Those who demonstrate these unacceptable driving behaviors often make the choice to do so and NOW is the time to make the choice to change. Those who chose to not to, will be targeted and served a Violation Ticket and were applicable charged criminally.
May has been identified as high risk road user month in an attempt to raise awareness, but RCMP officers will be conducting targeted enforcement year round. Why enforcement? Because statistics have shown time and again that enforcement efforts are an intricate component of any program to reduce collisions on our BC roadways.
If you witness aggressive driving behavior contact your local police agency and report the incident. The North District West Traffic Services is committed to making your roads the safest in the world. However, please do your part and drive safely.