Canadian officials are saying that they understand the pressure being put on truck drivers between holiday shopping and widespread highway closures due to last month’s flooding, but are urging truckers not to “sacrifice safety for speed.”

This sentiment stems from a recently shared dash cam video showing a truck driver making a very unsafe pass on a narrow mountain road on Highway 5A between Princeton and Aspen Grove. Officials say that the closure of the Coquihalla highway and intermittent closing of Highway 3 due to damage from floods has caused an unprecedented amount of truck traffic to travel along this stretch of highway, which is the only continuously available commercial route between the Lower Mainland and Interior for the time being. 

The British Columbia Highway Patrol responded to the video circulating on Twitter by saying that officers in the area “have been advised” about the dangerous behavior. The BCHP also pointed out that “the words dangerous and unprofessional come to mind. Please don’t sacrifice safety for speed — we get the pressures you are under,” and even added that the dangerous behavior could lead to a crash and therefore even more road closures – something the province just can’t afford.

Check out the video of the risky pass, below. 

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