On May 23rd and May 25th, members of the New Westminster Police Department will be stationed at several key locations throughout the City of New Westminster to target high-risk driving behaviours such as speeding, using electronic devices while driving, and not wearing seatbelts. This initiative is part of BC’s High Risk Driving Campaign, a month-long campaign launched by BC police and ICBC to zero in on dangerous driving behaviours responsible for tens of thousands of crashes each year.
“Our goal in participating in this campaign is to raise awareness of the high-risk driving behaviours causing preventable injuries and deaths in our city,” said NWPD Chief Dave Jones. “We’re going to be tough on offenders when we’re out there in hopes of making New Westminster’s roads safer.”
The dates and times of high-visibility enforcement are outlined below:
- May 23 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Focus will be on speed and distracted drivers. The plan will include two members in plainclothes watching for electronic device users.
- May 24 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Focus will be on speed and distracted drivers. Plainclothes members will also be utilized for distracted drivers.
- May 25 (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm) Focus will be on distracted drivers, seatbelts, and bus lane.
Please contact Sgt. Diana McDaniel at 604-529-2423 if you would like the locations of the above-noted enforcement.
Police statistics, using the five-year average from 2005 to 2009, show that about a quarter of all fatal crashes in BC were related to distracted driving, such as talking on cell phones while driving. ICBC also reports that on average, 7,800 speed-related collisions injure 5,100 people and result in 155 fatalities annually. The High Risk Driving Campaign’s mission is to reduce these numbers by awakening people to risky driving habits that could be putting themselves and others at risk.