Local drivers still need to work on driving skills

Kelowna city council will get a road safety snapshot from ICBC Monday afternoon, highlighting the ups and downs of local roadways.

Kelowna city council will get a road safety snapshot from ICBC Monday afternoon, highlighting the ups and downs of local roadways.

In an average year in Kelowna, for example, there are around 8,700 crashes and 2,700 people are injured, reads the report.

“The good news is we’re seeing positive trends in alcohol and speed related crashes, and we thank drivers for doing their part,” it continues. “But the numbers are still too high.”

Among some of the areas of improvement are alcohol-related crashes which have fallen dramatically since 2005, and the rate of auto thefts have also plummeted.

The regular crash rate has stayed pretty even keel comparatively.

One of the contributors to improvements is investment in infrastructure. Most projects are attributed to federal, provincial and municipal dollars, but the insurance agency points out that they kicked in $885,400 in 2009, and those dollars were spread among projects on Harvey Avenue.

“These investments help many people in Kelowna escape injury and death, and more importantly, the safety benefit lasts for years,” reads the report. “Overall, we save $4 in claims for every dollar invested.”

High crash areas for 2009

• Dilworth Drive and Harvey Avenue

• Harvey Avenue and Spall Road

• Cooper Road and Harvey Avenue

• Benvoulin Road and Dilworth Drive and

Springfield Road

• Banks Road and Highway 97 North

• Highway 97 North and Leckie Road

• Highway 97 North and Old Vernon Road

and Sexsmith Road

• Gordon Drive and Harvey venue

• Benvoulin Road and KLO Road

• Highway 33 Wesst and Mayden Road

and Ziprick Road