ICBC warns of dangerous holiday weekend

Published: August 2, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has released a notice for drivers this long weekend. The Crown corporation insurance provider says it expects roads to get busy through the long weekend at the height of summer. Therefore, motorists must remain vigilant on the road.

ICBC says it predicts more than 2,400 collisions will occur over the weekend. The company also points out that an average of five people dies each summer holiday weekend and 600 are injured in crashes.

In its release, the company also discussed other data:
 

  • Over the BC Day long weekend, 420 people are injured in 1,500 crashes in the Lower Mainland.

 

  • Over the BC Day long weekend, 84 people are injured in 400 crashes in Southern Interior.

 

  • Over the BC Day long weekend, 20 people are injured in 130 crashes in northern B.C.

 

  • Over the BC Day long weekend, 85 people are injured in 350 crashes on Vancouver Island.

The auto insurance provider has been through turbulent times in recent weeks. A leaked report showed that the ICBC is in financial peril and as a result, auto premiums could rise by more than 30%.

Some authorities have said that sort of increase will not happen, the consensus is something must be done. Rising numbers of claims and the cost of repairs have put ICBC on a financial knife edge.