One crash is too many

There is at least one an hour.

That’s how many crashes occur on Kelowna roads each year according to ICBC.

Those stats have been released as the inaugural National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash victims is marked in the Okanagan.

Kelowna’s event on Wednesday night was coordinated by personal injury lawyer Paul Hergott, who spearheaded the event after a friend died as a result of a car accident.

With a person injured, on average, every 3 and a half hours in Kelowna, Hergott says we have to raise awareness about traffic safety and stiffer penalties is a good way to start.

“If there is a crash and it’s your fault perhaps your car should be impounded, perhaps there should be a requirement to attend some driver training, perhaps there should be more significant penalties than a ticket and your insurance rates going up.” says Hergott.

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Wednesday’s events were part of a world wide day of remembrance endorsed by the United Nations

To mark the day in Kelowna, Mayor Walter Grey proclaimed November 21, 2012 as a day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.