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ICBC urges long weekend drivers to plan ahead

ICBC recently released a traffic statistics report just in time for B.C.'s long weekend to remind drivers to plan ahead, take rest breaks during road trips, drive defensively and avoid driving under the influence.

Over the past five years, there have been 1,950 crashes, 540 injuries and three fatalities over the B.C. Day long weekend throughout the province, with speed and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs being the two greatest contributors.

The report states that even a slight decrease in reaction time behind the wheel can have a profound increase on the chance of crashing particularly at high speeds on the highway.

"We want B.C. families to have enjoyable summer vacations, but we want them to get home safely, too. When you get behind the wheel, it's important to be alert, slow down and take regular breaks," said minister of public safety and solicitor general Shirley Bond.

On average, there are 360 crashes that result in 100 injuries throughout the Southern Interior region alone during this particular weekend.

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