Remember to stay sober and buckle up this Easter weekend
March 29, 2010
As we head into the first long weekend of 2010, BCAA and the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation are calling on drivers to protect themselves, their families and other road users by making road safety an even greater priority. According to the 2007 B.C. Collision Statistics (the latest year available) the Easter holiday period accounted for 269 traffic injuries and fatalities, the second deadliest holiday period behind the Canada Day long weekend, which recorded 276 injuries and fatalities.
BCAA and the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation say there are specifically four areas where drivers can have the most influence on safety, especially during this busy holiday weekend:
- Keep your hands on the wheel and mind on the road. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the many forms of distracted driving are collectively responsible for as many as eight out of every ten crashes. Distraction can stem from anywhere in or outside the vehicle—anything that reduces the driver’s awareness, decision-making, and/or performance on the road.
- Stay alert and take regular breaks. Motorists in a hurry to get to their destination often push on and drive through dinner and much-needed rest stops. Eyes closing or losing focus, continuous yawning and drifting between lanes are all danger signs of drowsy driving. Stay alert by getting enough sleep before a trip and take a break every two hours or every 160 km.
- If you’re going to drink, don’t drive. According to B.C. Traffic Collision Statistics, the greatest number of impaired driving collisions occur over long weekends. Festivals and vacation activities are often combined with a drink or two. But good times don’t give anyone a license to drink and drive.
- Buckle-up. Ensure you and your passengers fasten their seat belts and use age-appropriate restraints. By law, children up to 40 lb (18 kg) must be in a child seat, and children aged four-to-eight or weighing less than 80 lb (36 kg) must be in a booster seat.
For more traffic safety tips, check out the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation’s website at www.tsfbcaa.com.