Aggressive driving,seatbelts targeted

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A Surrey RCMP officer stops an SUV at the 104th Avenue and 152nd Street intersection — one of five high-risk traffic areas identified by police.

The RCMP was out in full force in Surrey yesterday for the first of a series of crackdowns on aggressive drivers at high-crash intersections.

Around 40 officers were at five "hot spots" looking for people without seatbelts or driving aggressively.

Const. Dave Babineau said 400 people in B.C. die every year in traffic accidents, about half of them at intersections.

"These crashes are usually as a result of somebody running a yellow light or making a left-hand turn in front of oncoming traffic when there’s not enough time to do so," he said. "Too many people are dying on our roads. We’ll continue to target (dangerous) drivers until they get the message."

He said road rage is often a factor. "The best thing you can do … is to slow down and let that person who’s angry go on their way."

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