2014 - Looking Back With Concern
Pinned to the top of the home page of the DriveSmartBC web site is a collision counter. Each day it ticks upward showing an estimate of the collision results to date on BC's highways. The numbers shown are calculated using the most recent averages from ICBC and the BC Injury Prevention Unit. The number of reported crashes amount to 8.8% of the total number of road vehicles registered in the province.
2014 saw an estimated 330 fatal collisions with alcohol being a factor in 102 of them.
There were approximately 50,860 injury crashes with alcohol being involved in 5747 of them. 6552 of that total resulted in injury severe enough to require a hospital stay.
259,288 is the estimate of crashes reported to ICBC from among the 2,952,114 vehicles Statistics Canada reports as being registered in British Columbia in 2013. It might be frightening to find out how many vehicles were actually involved in a crash if there was a way to determine how many were not reported for various reasons.
Note to self: resolve to drive defensively in 2015. While I'm at it, resolve to be a safe and courteous driver as well. It might be the only way to get though the coming year without a scratch. Sadly, I understand that we will all be paying more for insurance. I think I can see why.