Coro­ner will shed light on tragic ac­ci­dent

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Stanstead

The ru­mours, which were spread­ing over the week­end, that crim­i­nal charges would be laid against the 17 yearold driver who lost her brother on Jan­uary 27th are un­founded said Mem­phrem­a­gog Po­lice spokesman Paul Tear. “Our chief has heard about them and we want to deny, ab­so­lutely, that no charges will be laid.” Mr. Tear ex­plained that the corps would not ticket the mi­nor, who we can­not iden­tify, even if the vic­tim, her brother, was ejected from the ve­hi­cle. “We do not want to place an­other bur­den on her,” he said. “The po­lice­man has the dis­cre­tion to ticket or not, and in this case he chose not to do so.”

It is an of­fense un­der ar­ti­cle 401 of the Code de la sécu­rité routière to drive a ve­hi­cle when a pas­sen­ger un­der six­teen is not wear­ing a seat belt. Nu­mer­ous news re­ports have said that the young vic­tim was not wear­ing his seat­belt. This is some­thing that we should get used to as one writer wrote in a letter to the edi­tor: “And don’t you dare com­plain about peo­ple not wear­ing seat belts, be­cause most peo­ple in Stanstead don’t !” It should be said, in her de­fence, that the SAAQ, the Que­bec au­to­mo­bile in­surance board, while putting a brochure about buck­ling up on top of the ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial avail­able for high schools stu­dents, ad­mits that it is only avail­able in French. There is, how­ever, an ex­cel­lent brochure avail­able from Canada’s Min­is­ter of Trans­port avail­able in print and on the web.

Trans­port Canada es­ti­mates that a thou­sand lives are saved yearly due to the high use of seat belts in Canada where 93% of driv­ers and pas­sen­gers buckle up; the 7% who don’t ac­count­ing for 40% of the deaths in car ac­ci­dents.

Mean­while, Coro­ner Brigitte Morin told the Stanstead Jour­nal that she will not hold a pub­lic en­quiry on the mat­ter, lim­it­ing the scope of her work to a sim­ple in­quest, the re­sult of which should be made pub­lic be­fore the end of the year.

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