The province is moving to offer free WiFi to the travelling public.
Motorists will now have an opportunity to stop, take a rest and connect to wi-fi in rest areas along some major highways.
Smithers’ Glacier View rest area along highway 16, just north of the town now offers free WiFi and is one of the first spots in the province to do so.
The partnership between Telus, ICBC and the province will install WiFi in 6 spots by the end of 2017, with more locations coming in the next couple years.
Travellers will be able to identify rest areas that have the service with signage.
This initiative will allow drivers to stay connected and avoid using their phones on the road, reducing the amount of accidents by creating safer conditions, according to the government release.
Commercial drivers won’t be left out either. The ministry has also added WiFi to select commercial vehicle inspections centres. WiFi will also give them more incentive to stop and rest.
The spots that will offer the service are:
- Britton Creek, Highway 5 – 67 kilometres south of Merritt
- Glacier View, Highway 16 – 7 km north of Smithers
- Taylor River, Highway 4 – 37 km west of Port Alberni
- Galena Bay, Highway 23 – 49 km north of Nakusp
- Mount Terry Fox, Highway 16 – 6 km east of Tete Jaune
- Loon Lake, Highway 97C – 40 km east of Merritt