In the midst of unprecedented construction activity, motorists are asked to curb aggressive driving and unsafe speeds on British Columbia highways, said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond today.
"We are involved in the busiest construction season ever, with almost $2 billion being spent on transportation capital projects this year," said Bond. "I urge motorists to exercise caution behind the wheel when in construction zones and to refrain from dangerous tactics in any effort to make up travel time."
In addition, last year the Province enhanced the safety of emergency workers by requiring drivers to slow down and move over when passing parked emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing. Drivers must slow to 70 km/h on highways where the speed limit is 80 km/h or higher, and to 40 km/h where the limit is below 80 km/h.
The requirements apply to drivers passing police, fire, ambulance and towing vehicles, as well as vehicles used by commercial vehicle safety and enforcement personnel, passenger vehicle inspectors, conservation officers, park rangers, and special provincial constables employed in the Ministry of Forests and Range.
"We all want to be safe as we travel throughout our beautiful province and it means slowing down and following posted speed limits in construction zones and on the highway."
Additional tips for safer summer road trips:
* Be realistic: Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times. Allow extra time for rest breaks and possible delays, especially over a weekend where there may be increased traffic volume. Check www.drivebc.ca
for highway closures and weather conditions before setting out.
* Drive smart: Remember that although you may not encounter a lot of traffic along highways, it's important to stay within the posted speed limit and always maintain a safe travelling distance - at least three seconds on high- speed roads or if you're behind a motorcycle. You might think that by speeding, you're cutting down on your travel time, but what you're really doing is decreasing your reaction time.
* Buckle up: If you do not wear your seatbelt, you are 25 times more likely to be killed in a crash if ejected from the vehicle.
* Set an example: Your smart decisions can have a significant influence on others. So set an example, whether you're a driver or passenger.
* Drive Cell Safe: Take all the necessary steps to have a safe and enjoyable summer vacation. A distracted driver is a dangerous driver. Find out more at www.drivecellsafe.ca