NEWS RELEASE · 5th May 2010
May is "High Risk Driver" month in British Columbia and Canada Road Safety Week starts on the Monday prior to the Victoria Day long weekend and ends on the following Monday.
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.
Members of the North District West Traffic Services unit (Terrace, Smithers and Prince Rupert), along with area detachment members throughout the Northwest are 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
Enforcement component of the campaign is designed to increase public compliance with and awarness of safe driving measures and ultimately, to save lives. Attached maps (as provided by ICBC) indicate top crash locations in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers. Crashes at these locations are often associated to aggressive driving behaviors. Motorist are reminded to always drive safely and... be aware... safe driving enforcement measures may be in place at high crash locations."
The local map is located at the top of the page. Maps of the other regional areas are located below.