VICTORIA – With summer officially here, the BC Coroners Service is urging residents and visitors to take extra care and plan ahead for road trips.
According to the latest available data captured by the BC Coroners Service, there were 298 motor vehicle incident (MVI) deaths in B.C. in 2017. Between 2008 and 2017, MVI deaths in B.C. decreased by an average of 3.2% per year, representing an overall decrease of 29.6% during that 10-year period.
With increased road-use during the summer, the BC Coroners Service is encouraging motorists to “know before you go” and plan ahead before heading out. General planning tips for a safe trip include:
* Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times, allowing extra time for possible delays that may occur due to increased traffic volume over the long weekend.
* Stay safe by wearing seatbelts, obey all posted speed limits and, if the weather is bad, slow down according to road conditions, and maintain a safe following distance.
* Make sure your vehicle is up for the drive by checking engine oil, washer fluid, the lights and the tires, including the spare.
* Carry extra water and food in case you’re stopped or delayed unexpectedly, and ensure you have an emergency/first-aid kit in case you have an accident and need provisions.
* Check DriveBC for the latest road conditions, weather, incidents and special events, such as road construction. Road conditions can also be accessed toll-free at 1 800 550-4997.
* Follow DriveBC and TranBC on Twitter and get up-to-date information on your desktop or your mobile phone.
The latest coroner’s report on motor vehicle incidents can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/mvi-incident.pdf
* Between 2008 and 2017:
* The worst months for MVI deaths in B.C. on a percentage basis were July, August and September, at 9.9%, 10.6% and 9.7%, respectively.
* B.C.’s Interior saw the largest number of MVI deaths during the summer months. Provincewide, August had the highest incidence of MVI deaths.
* Males accounted for more than two-thirds of MVI fatalities in B.C.