Get Moving BC
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2008




Slow down and leave plenty of time to get to your destinations during the holiday season
especially if you have to cross a bridge or use the Massey tunnel... And please don't drink and drive


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 and the Massey tunnel.   

That's why Get Moving BC is once again reminding people to slow down and leave plenty of time to get to their destinations this holiday season, especially if they have to cross a bridge or use the Massey tunnel. 

"We all know traffic congestion is a major point of frustration in the Greater Vancouver area," says Get Moving BC's Michael McBratney.  "Progress is definitely being made on updating our transportation infrastructure, but the best thing to do right now during this busy holiday season is to slow down, take your time, be safe 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 not in the hospital or even worse," says McBratney. "We can all do our part to make the holiday season as safe and as frustration-free as possible by remembering to always be as polite and as courteous as we can on the road." 

McBratney reminds people not to react to provocation from aggressive drivers or tailgate other drivers and to always keep to the right without blocking the passing lane on the left.  And never take up more than one parking space.

McBratney and Get Moving BC wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and offer the following safe driving tips:

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!


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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.   


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