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WorkSafe Magazine - September/October 2016

Safety Spotlight: Bracing for winter

From the extremes of massive snowdrifts on mountain passes to rain, snow, fog banks, fewer daylight hours, and the threat of black ice lurking under the wheel, B.C. is almost guaranteed to whip up adverse weather conditions to challenge most journeys.

From fall to early winter, B.C. sees an alarming spike in the number of motor vehicle incidents. The common cause? Driving too fast for road conditions. On average, the number of incidents nearly doubled across the province between October and December during 2010–2014 (from 114 to 222). Breaking that down by region, according to ICBC, the Southern Interior’s numbers rose fourfold from about 23 to 93; the Lower Mainland’s increased from 51 to 59; Northern Central’s, from 18 to 44; and Vancouver Island’s went from about 22 to 26.

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