New Surrey plan hopes to reduce fatal motor vehicle accidents

Lawmakers and enforcement officers use all sorts of data to decide which issues to tackle in different areas. In Surrey, British Columbia, worrying figures about fatal motor vehicle accidents has caused lawmakers to create a road safety plan. The change is in light of statistics showing that an average of 20 people die and 11,000 suffer from injuries due to car accidents on Surrey roads each year.

According to data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Surrey saw car accidents increase 13 percent between 2010 and 2015. During the same time, severe collisions, including fatal motor vehicle accidents, increased by 17 per cent. Concerns about these statistics are behind the the Surrey Safe Mobility Plan, also known as Vision Zero, which is set to launch next spring.

The name Vision Zero refers to the goal of reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Surrey roads to zero. Instead of taking a broad approach to address all types of collisions, this campaign will focus only on reducing the risk of collisions causing serious bodily harm or death. The plan focuses on addressing high-risk areas such as intersections as well as working to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrian and cyclists. The plan will also work to decrease dangerous behaviours behind the wheel, including impaired and distracted driving and speeding.

There are many risk factors that can lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents. Anyone on British Columbia roads, especially those behind the wheel, should be aware of these issues in order to reduce the number of serious accidents. Those who have been in an accident or who have a family member who has died in an accident should contact a lawyer immediately.

Source: peacearchnews.com, "Surrey creating road safety plan after concerning stats from ICBC", Amy Reid, Nov. 29, 2017

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