ICBC improves road safety across the province

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In 2005, ICBC invested more than $8.5 million in road improvements

January 18, 2006 – Roadways across British Columbia have been made safer thanks to investments from ICBC.

In 2005, ICBC invested more than $8.5 million in funding for studies and improvements to roads across the province.

“ICBC is committed to making roads safer. Road improvements are one way ICBC is working to reduce crashes and save lives,” said John Pump, ICBC Manager Road Improvement Program.

“Investments in road improvements also make business sense. Fewer crashes mean lower claims costs, which can help to keep insurance rates low and stable.”

ICBC’s Road Improvement Program works in partnership with municipalities and the Ministry of Transportation.

“Our number one priority is helping British Columbians reach their destinations safely and efficiently,” said Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.

“We are working with ICBC to achieve this goal through infrastructure investment and education to ensure our roadways are reliable and safe.”

Once a potential road improvement site is identified, ICBC and its partners thoroughly evaluate the project. All road improvement investments are measured to ensure they make BC roads safer for all users.

Road engineering is only one of ICBC’s three primary tactics for improving road safety.

The best way to keep roads safe across the province is to combine road improvements with education and enforcement.

Throughout 2005, ICBC invested in education campaigns targeting speeding and aggressive drivers, auto crime awareness, pedestrian safety, impaired driving and seatbelts. Programs such as Speed Watch and Zero Crash Month work in partnership with municipalities and local police to help make a significant contribution in reducing crashes. ICBC’s partnership with the Autoplan Brokers enables local elementary schools to participate in the Back to School pedestrian safety campaign, and secondary schools to host RoadSense speakers to educate youth about the consequences of drinking and driving.

ICBC supports enhanced enforcement initiatives through a funding agreement with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. In 2005, ICBC contributed approximately $17 million towards enhanced enforcement focusing on aggressive drivers, auto crime, impaired driving and seat belts.

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About ICBC

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is a provincial Crown corporation established in 1973 to provide universal auto insurance to BC motorists. In addition, the Corporation is responsible for driver licensing, vehicle registration and licensing. For more information, go to www.icbc.com.