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Weekend toll brings reminder to drive safely


Following reports of at least 10 people killed on B.C. roads over the Thanksgiving weekend, ICBC is again reminding people to take extra care while driving.

"This may turn out to be one of the worst long weekends in terms of fatalities and serious injuries in recent years," says Bill Goble, chief operating officer of ICBC. "It’s tragic to see so many lives lost and it’s a grim reminder that we always need to drive with our full care and attention.

Even in the best driving conditions, roads can be deadly, according to the ICBC. Everyone can do their part in reducing the risks by slowing down, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, and staying focused on the demands of driving.

The increasing severity of injury crashes is a serious concern for ICBC. This trend, along with increasing auto crime claims, is reflected in rising claims costs. In the first half of 2002, claims costs were 11 per cent higher than the same period in 2001.

ICBC continues to work with communities and enforcement agencies on safety programs and other initiatives to try and reverse these negative trends.