What’s the big hurry, Surrey?

What the heck is going on with all these crashes in Surrey?

Same goes for Delta. This past weekend wasn’t the first time this city has seen a spate of traffic crashes, and it certainly won’t be the last.

(See page 13 for news story). While the causes of these particular crashes – one which cost a 40-year-old Surrey man his life – are still being investigated, most result from speeding, impaired driving, distraction, driving too fast for road conditions and other high-risk driving behaviour like failing to yield the right of way, following other cars too closely, ignoring traffic signs and improper passing.

Check out ICBC’s map of Lower Mainland crashes between 2009 and 2013 – all told, with each location marked with a dot, the map looks like a honeycomb.

In 2013 in B.C., 28 per cent of fatal crashes involved speed, 29 per cent, distraction, and 23 per cent, impairment.

Between 2009 and 2013, 437 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving, 716 in crashes involving high-risk driving, 230 in crashes where motorists were driving too fast for the road conditions.

Moreover, in that period, 428 were killed in impaired driving crashes and 533 died in crashes where speeding was involved.

Sobering statistics to consider, as we venture out on the road this busy, wet and dark time of the year.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet offers some advice that, while seemingly obvious, is nevertheless sound wisdom so many motorists fail to heed.

"Slow down, give yourself extra time to arrive wherever it is you are going."

And doing that, folks, is certainly worth everyone’s while.

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