Safe Travel On Okanagan BC Roads
Okanagan Valley BC roads and highways are extremely busy in the summer months and can prove precarious for winter driving.
If you're visiting the Okanagan from out of country or province, you'll want to know about seatbelt and speed limit laws, and some general information about driving in BC.
And if you're out exploring in the backcountry along BC Forest Service roads you should be well prepared for some rougher road conditions.
Transport Canada is the Canadian federal government agency responsible for road safety, although each province or territory has the authority to establish its own traffic and safety laws.
Driving in Canada is similar to driving in many parts of the United States. Distances and speeds, however, are posted in kilometers per hour, rather than miles per hour.
About Driving In BC
Speed Limit Laws
Speed limit signs on BC roads are clearly posted in urban and rural areas, and we follow the metric standard of measurement for speed and distances.
1 kilometer (Km) = 0.62137 miles
Speed limits in local communities are generally 50 km/hr unless otherwise posted. Some speed zones of note are:
School zone and playground zones carry a 30 km/hr limit.
Drinking Driving Laws
Alcohol impairs our ability to operate a motor vehicle. Simply put - Don't drink and drive!
Every year in Canada more than 1,100 people die in alcohol-related collisions - that's about one-third of the total number of fatalities. Thousands more are injured, many of them permanently disabled. In fact, nearly 40 per cent of seriously injured drivers consumed alcohol prior to their collisions. (noted from Transport Canada) It's easy to think road safety if you want to have a few drinks.
In BC impaired driving laws apply if you're driving a car, boat, plane, or other motor vehicle or vessel.
This can apply even if you weren't driving and didn't move the vehicle - as long as you had care or control of it. Care or control of a vehicle means you were in the driver's seat and had access to the ignition key, even if you were parked. If you are hosting a party or a function where alcohol is served, remember that you may be legally liable for damage caused by guests - even after they have left the premises.
Rent a limousine, take a taxi, walk, or stay overnight where you are drinking. When you visit the beautiful Okanagan Canada, we want you to be able to come back!
Wishing you safe travel and fun exploring the beautiful Okanagan BC roads!
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