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Police launching province-wide enforcement blitz against speeding today

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — ICBC announced today that it and police departments across the province will be launching an enforcement campaign against speeders this month.

ICBC says high-risk driving behaviours like speeding, increase your chances of crashing. In 2016 alone, there were 330,000 crashes in B.C. – that’s 900 crashes per day. Between 2012 and 2016, an average of 23 people were killed every year in North Central B.C. from crashes involving high-risk driving.

ICBC says the costs of those claims are ballooning and injury claims costs alone are now close to $3 billion a year. The insurance company, along with police and the provincial government are tackling the issue through ongoing road safety, including the month-long campaign urging drivers to slow down. Police will be targeting speeders during the month of May, including a province-wide enforcement blitz on May 19.

“We’re at a point today where the number of crashes across our province, and the number of claims we’re receiving, are growing by the thousands every year,” said ICBC’s acting vice-president responsible for road safety, Lindsay Matthews. “We can all do our part by slowing down to make roads safer and save lives.”

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ICBC will be working with Speed Watch volunteers, who will also be set up in B.C. communities to encourage drivers to slow down. 

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