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Holiday shopping season prompts ICBC warning of parking lot perils

Last Updated Nov 28, 2019 at 9:41 pm PDT

Summary

About 96,000 crashes occurred in parking lots in 2018 with 4,300 resulting in inhury

480 pedestrians were injured in parking lot collisions last year

ICBC says There were 4,000 reported instances of theft from a vehicle in a parking lot last year

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As the holiday shopping season kicks off, ICBC is urging patience in parking lots which were the site of a staggering 96,000 collisions across the province last year.

That works out to more than 250 per day.

“ICBC is asking drivers to prioritize safety over finding the perfect parking spot,” says a news release. “Parking lots present drivers with other challenges such as increased congestion and heavy pedestrian activity. The holiday season could add a layer of distraction with people apt to be more preoccupied with their shopping list or finding a parking spot.”

Meantime, YVR is gearing up for Black Friday, warning shoppers and travellers to expect traffic congestion and delays.

The airport is expecting bargain hunters to descend on McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and take the Canada Line.

“We have a comprehensive plan in place but we are expecting heavy congestion throughout the day on Friday as well as over the weekend,” says a post on the airport website.

With an increase in traffic, competition for parking spots will be fierce and the airport is suggesting pre-booking and avoiding the lot closest to the outlets.