Shar­ing the Road: Pro­vin­cial cam­paign urges cau­tion

Sherbrooke Record - - COLUMNIST - Record Staff

Que­bec po­lice ser­vices, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the So­ciété de l 'as­sur­ance au­to­mo­bile du Québec (SAAQ), will in­ten­sify their ac­tiv­i­ties and outreach ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin­ning to­day and un­til Oc­to­ber 27 Novem­ber 2, as part of a con­certed na­tional cam­paign to en­cour­age road safety.

The cam­paign will take place un­der the theme ‘Re­spect for a Bet­ter Shar­ing of the Road’, and aims to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of re­spect­ing not only the laws in force, but also other road users, re­gard­less of their mode trans­port.

The many in­ter­ven­tions that po­lice will carry out are in­tended to raise aware­ness among, on the one hand, drivers and their re­spon­si­bil­ity to show re­spect, cour­tesy and vig­i­lance on the roads and on the other hand, among pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists of the im­por­tance of safe be­hav­ior. “Ev­ery­body must live to­gether in ac­cor­dance with the rules,” a com­mu­niqué reads.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, po­lice will pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to re­spect of sig­nal­ing at in­ter­sec­tions. near school zones; and near hos­pi­tals and se­niors' cen­ters. Oc­to­ber, pedes­trian month

The months of Oc­to­ber through De­cem­ber are those in which the most ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing a pedes­trian are re­ported. De­creas­ing hours of day­light and driv­ing not adapted to the weather and road con­di­tions may partly ex­plain the phe­nom­e­non. There­fore, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists must re­spect the signs and make sure they are vis­i­ble at all times. Mo­torists must be more vig­i­lant. Hal­loween

Sev­eral aware­ness-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be de­ployed to com­ple­ment to the con­certed na­tional op­er­a­tion on Hal­loween evening. Vig­i­lance will be re­quired since chil­dren will storm the streets to take part in the tra­di­tional trick or treat­ing, and this re­quires nu­mer­ous trips and a safe co­hab­i­ta­tion be­tween drivers and pedes­tri­ans.

Po­lice of­fi­cers and road con­trollers will be present in res­i­den­tial ar­eas to en­cour­age young peo­ple to re­spect safety rules and re­mind drivers to be par­tic­u­larly care­ful on the streets. For more ad­vice, cit­i­zens are in­vited to con­sult the web­site at saaq.gouv.qc.ca/hal­loween

Sta­tis­tics

Ac­cord­ing to the SAAQ road safety re­port, 71 deaths among vul­ner­a­ble users (pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists) oc­curred in 2016 com­pared to 54 in 2015. Pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists ac­counted for 20 per cent of all road deaths in Que­bec in 2016 and 12 per cent of all road traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties.

Shar­ing the road, a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity Users on the road net­work have a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity. Drivers need to be ex­tra cau­tious to en­sure the safety of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists who are vul­ner­a­ble and un­pro­tected. As for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists, it is im­por­tant that they also adopt safe be­hav­ior.

This na­tional op­er­a­tion is or­ga­nized within the frame­work of a part­ner­ship be­tween the As­so­ci­a­tion of Que­bec Po­lice Chiefs, the Sûreté du Québec, the Mon­treal po­lice force, and the So­ciété de l 'as­sur­ance au­to­mo­bile du Québec.

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