Long weekend prompts travel warning

Labour Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year

As many people get ready to go on road trips and camping trips this Labour Day long weekend, the B.C. government is encouraging everyone to be road smart on their journeys.

The Labour Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, according to a recent government release. Drivers are encouraged to stay alert, pay attention to the increased traffic levels, use caution and always drive to the road conditions, which can change quickly.

This is also the peak of highway construction season, the release says, and while most construction activities are put on hold for the long weekend, safety in work zones depends on drivers being alert and following the directions, road signs and workers who may be present.

“Statistically, long weekends pose a higher risk for serious crashes so, on behalf of police officers everywhere, I ask drivers to focus on simple actions that make everyone safer on the road,” said chief constable Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Police Traffic Safety Committee in the release. “This long weekend, I urge you to become a driving role model by making a commitment to your family and friends to buckle up, slow down, leave your phone alone, and drive sober. For those who continue to take unnecessary driving risks, police will be out in force.”

Current highway conditions, travel advisories and closures are available on DriveBC.ca with more than 500 highway cam views. DriveBC updates are also available by following them on Twitter (@DriveBC).