With rain in the forecast for later this week, the New Westminster Police will be set up in various locations around the city to enforce ICBC’s Speed Relative to Conditions Campaign. The Department strives to remind drivers that poor weather conditions reduce visibility, requiring slower driving and at least twice the driving distance between vehicles.
“Between 2006 and 2010, BC saw approximately 58 fatalities where driving too fast for conditions was a contributing factor,” said Chief Constable Dave Jones. “We want to reinforce that posted speed limits are for ideal conditions only – drivers need to slow down to give themselves enough time to react during poor weather conditions such as heavy rain and icy roads.”
Some quick tips for staying safe on the roads this fall and winter are checking road conditions before heading out, slowing down and increasing following distance to at least four seconds, allowing for extra time to get to destinations, and ensuring that vehicle tires and windshield wipers are in optimal condition.