VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Canada Day long weekend proved to be a relatively safe one on BC roads but RCMP are still catching us for breaking the same old laws. Thankfully, the fatality rate seems to be on a downward trend.
“Last long weekend, we had no fatalities and this long weekend we had one fatality,” explains RCMP Superintendent Denis Boucher, the officer in charge of traffic services in BC.
“There is potential for another death, as someone is in serious condition. But overall, it’s an improvement over what we’ve seen on past long weekends where our fatal count has been higher,” he adds.
In an ideal world, there would be no fatalities the rest of the summer. But Boucher says people are still making dangerous decisions.
This past long weekend, over 2,300 tickets were handed out for speeding; five percent were 40km/h over the speed limit and had the cars were taken away. People are still not wearing seatbelts, with 614 violations province-wide.
Last week, Justice Minister Shirley Bond announced more funding to crack down on impaired driving, meaning more awareness campaigns and more roadblocks. This translated to double the number of people caught in Vancouver this year over last.
VPD Constable Lindsey Houghton says 259 violation tickets were issued, and 28 people failed their roadside tests. “It’s over a one hundred percent increase.”
“I’m here to tell you again, all summer long, strategically-placed road checks will be placed in the city of Vancouver, looking for impaired drivers. If you choose to drink and drive, you could lose your car, face a significant penalty or even worse, injure yourself, kill yourself, or do that to someone else,” warns Houghton.