2,300 car crashes expected in B.C. over Easter long weekend

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We’re all looking forward to the long weekend, but did you know that Easter long weekend is one of the most dangerous on B.C.’s roads.

Around 2,300 crashes happen on average over the Easter long weekend, resulting in three deaths and 670 injuries, according to ICBC statistics.

Part of the reason for the high number of crashes could be the sudden change in weather conditions in parts of B.C. during this time of year, but the province’s insurance corporation says distracted driving is also a factor.

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SEE ALSO: Quarter of deaths on B.C.'s roads involve distracted driving

“Whether you’re driving across town or across the province, please do your part to drive safely on our roads this Easter long weekend,” says Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Distracted driving is responsible for about one-quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C., so it’s time for all of us to leave our phones alone and avoid all distractions when we’re behind the wheel.”

In Metro Vancouver alone, there will be 1,500 crashes over the Easter long, along with 500 injuries.

Police are cracking down on distracted drivers over the long weekend as a part of a month-long campaign.

To avoid potential catastrophes, ICBC says to keep in mind that there will be more cars on the road, so use extra caution.

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