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Police efforts in Delta do not stop increase in car accidents

Officials work hard to keep roads safe, but challenges such as distracted driving make it difficult to prevent tragedies. In Delta, British Columbia, injury-related car accidents have increased 12 percent despite strong road safety efforts by law enforcement. The Delta police are focusing on community awareness and education programs while they urge local drivers to be safe and avoid collisions.

According to the most recent meeting of the police board in Delta, there were 296 injury-related car accidents in the first nine months of 2017. In 2016, the number was 265. Fatal accidents are also a concern, as the area has seen five in the first nine months of 2017 compared to four the year prior.

Driver behaviour is considered to be the main reason for these collisions. Among the concerns are weather, distraction, speeding and impairment. The police are taking a two-pronged approach of enforcement alongside education and awareness. This includes Speed Watch campaigns at community police stations, collaboration with ICBC, and DPD traffic and patrol sections. These is also a possibility that more cars were on the road in 2017 compared to 2016, and the volume may have been one cause of the increase in accidents.

Both the public and police in Delta and throughout British Columbia are part of any effort to lower the number of injuries and deaths on the road. Driving safely without distractions or impairment is key to avoiding serious car accidents. Those who are facing the aftermath of an accident and need legal help with their next steps should contact a lawyer.

Source: delta-optimist.com, "Injury crashes rise despite Delta police road safety efforts", Ian Jacques, Dec. 20, 2017

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