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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2007

 

HOLIDAY SEASON SHOULD BE SPENT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, NOT IN THE HOSPITAL: GET MOVING BC

 

 

Get Moving BC urges people to slow down and leave plenty of time to get to their destinations this holiday season, especially if they need to cross a bridge or use a tunnel.

 

Vancouver, B.C. – Traffic congestion in the Lower Mainland is frustrating even at the best of times, but during the busy holiday season traffic congestion and people’s frustration levels become even worse – especially at major bottlenecks like bridges, tunnels and on main collector roads.   

 

That’s why Get Moving BC is reminding everyone to slow down and leave themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations this holiday season, especially if they need to cross a bridge or use a tunnel. 

“Everyone knows how outdated and frustrating the Lower Mainland’s transportation infrastructure is,” says

 

Get Moving BC’s Mike McBratney, “especially when it comes to our bridges and major arterial routes; so the best thing to do, is to slow down, take your time and plan your trip accordingly.”

 

McBratney says weather conditions also add to the dangers posed by congestion and frustration at this time of year.  

 

“Rain, sleet and snow can be a driver’s worst enemy at this time of year,” he says, “especially at night or when you’re travelling to an unfamiliar location.”

 

McBratney points to sobering statistics on ICBC’s website indicating that even on a typical day in British Columbia there are 695 motor vehicle crashes, 215 injuries and at least one fatality.   

 

“Christmas should be spent enjoying family and friends,” says McBratney, “not spent in the hospital or worse!”

 

McBratney and Get Moving BC are encouraging everyone to keep the following safe driving tips in mind over the holiday season:

  1. Slow down

  2. Leave early and plan your route in advance, especially if you have to cross a bridge or use a tunnel

  3. Use transit or walk as much as possible

  4. Listen to radio traffic reports before you leave

  5. Make sure your windows are de-iced and de-fogged fully before you leave if you are driving

  6. As much as possible, avoid rush hour and plan to travel when it’s light out

  7. Avoid bridges as much as possible

  8. Always buckle up your seatbelt

  9. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front (especially when coming to a stop)

  10. Break and accelerate slowly

  11. Keep your distance from erratic and aggressive drivers and do not succumb to “road rage”

  12.  And, Please, do not drink and drive!

 

“Each of us can do our part to make the holiday season as safe and as frustration-free as possible, says McBratney.  “Just remember to always be as polite and as courteous as you can on the road.  Don’t react to provocation from aggressive drivers, don’t tailgate, keep to the right and don’t block the passing lane on the left, and never take up more than one parking space.”

 

 

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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.   

 

For more information please contact Get Moving BC’s media desk at 604-678-5567 or by email at info@getmovingbc.com

 

 

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