How is the number of car crashes in Sun Peaks changing as the community grows? According to data from ICBC and the RCMP, not much.
In Whitecroft and Sun Peaks, both organizations show 2014 as the year with the most accidents with data currently available. ICBC recorded nine and the recorded RCMP 15. ICBC’s most recent statistics, from 2015, showed nine crashes (the RCMP record 10 in the same year).
RCMP data from 2017 shows a total of nine, a decrease of three from 2016.
The number of collisions each year recorded by either group fluctuates little even in recent years of major growth for the resort.
“I would suggest the proactive police work being conducted at Sun Peaks with our enhanced policing has reduced the number of injury related collisions into 2017,” said Kamloops Rural RCMP Sergeant Doug Aird.
Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) doesn’t currently employ or contract anyone in regard to traffic safety but SPMRM chief administrative officer Rob Bremner said it will be considered after the public budget presentation in March.
On Heffley Louis Creek Road from Heffley Creek to Sun Peaks, ICBC’s latest data showed few crashes, two in 2012 and three each in 2014 and 2015.
RCMP data shows the number of accidents remaining stable over the years. 2014 remained the highest year with 21 MVAs reported to RCMP between Heffley Creek and Sun Peaks (including side roads), 19 in 2015, seven in 2016 and in 14 in 2017. The number of collisions with damage over $5,000 or injuries has decreased since 2014.
The total number of RCMP calls to the same area has remained steady around 100 per year.
Despite a relatively stable number of collisions, Aird said the number of overall calls for police to Sun Peaks has increased. From 2012 to 2016 there was an average of 33 more calls each year from the last. 2016 to 2017 was exceptional with an increase of 105 calls for service to a total of 396.