Most B.C. collisions on Canada Day weekend happen in Vancouver says ICBC

Published: June 30, 2019

Updated: August 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones



This Canada Day weekend, motorists in British Columbia will be taking to the roads to enjoy festivities and celebrations. However, if those drivers plan on drinking or consuming cannabis, the message from the provincial government is to leave the car at home.

On average, 190 people are injured in British Columbia each year during the Canada Day weekend, said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC vice-president of public affairs. 730 collisions occur on average during the holiday, while one person dies on the roads each year. Matthews says the majority of the crashes happen in the Metro Vancouver region.

Indeed, over Canada Day, the average number of collisions on Lower Mainland is 460, with 140 injuries.

“Everyone has a role to play to make B.C. roads safer and we’ll continue to invest in road safety to help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities,” Matthews said. “If your summer activities involve alcohol, leave your car at home and plan ahead for a safe ride home.”

While impaired driving remains a massive problem in B.C. and across Canada, especially during Canada Day weekend, there seems to be a decline in overall numbers. Despite being the leading cause of criminal death in Canada, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says impaired driving numbers are falling.

“Research completed a year ago tells us that on the streets of British Columbia less than one in 20 drivers now tests positive for the presence of any alcohol in their system,” he said. “That’s half the number that we saw in 2010 when it was one in 10. Clearly the don’t drink and drive message keeps getting through as new generations take the wheel.”