Sur­vey on Ma­gog round­abouts

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Stu­dentsen­rolled in the Cegep de Sher­brooke’s po­lice pro­gram de­cided to do some re­search into the use of round­abouts in the Ma­gog area re­cently, as part of their stud­ies. On Oc­to­ber 22nd, with the help of of­fi­cers from the

the stu­dents put up a road block near the round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of route 112 and Chemin Miletta, in Ma­gog, and handed out about one hun­dred fliers on the cor­rect use of round­abouts, at the same time ask­ing the drivers for their com­ments on this new kind of in­ter­sec­tion.

The com­ments most of­ten heard were the fol­low­ing: drivers seem to ei­ther love them or hate them; many drivers are not yet used to them (com­pared to drivers in Europe); drivers aren’t sure how to en­ter the round­about or who has pri­or­ity; some drive in the wrong di­rec­tion to try to make a short­cut; drivers some­times back up (mis­tak­enly) when they go past their exit; the round­abouts are too straight for trail­ers and semi-trail­ers; many drivers don’t use their sig­nal lights or brake with­out rea­son.

It is rec­om­mended that drivers slow down when they ap­proach a round­about, fol­low the signs and give pri­or­ity to ve­hi­cles al­ready in the round­about. It is prefer­able not to stop your ve­hi­cle com­pletely be­fore en­ter­ing a round­about, how­ever, if there are a lot of ve­hi­cles in the round­about at the same time, it may be nec­es­sary. Traf­fic al­ways flows in a counter-clockwise di­rec­tion in a round­about. Be­ing a cour­te­ous and pa­tient driver is also rec­om­mended, es­pe­cially as drivers be­come fa­mil­iar with the round­abouts and how they work.

The the Mon­treal po­lice ser­vice, Longueuil po­lice, the Que­bec As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lice Direc­tors and the So­ci­ete de l’as­sur­ance au­to­mo­bile du Que­bec an­nounced last Thurs­day the launch of

( Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Ac­crue Ca­pac­ité de Con­duite – In­ter­ven­tion Na­tionale).

For the first time, all of Que­bec’s po­lice ser­vices will take part in a na­tional road se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing drunk drivers and drivers on drugs. With the ap­proach of the hol­i­days, many road op­er­a­tions will be car­ried out all over Que­bec to make drivers aware about the risks as­so­ci­ated with drink­ing or tak­ing drugs and driv­ing.

The po­lice ser­vices of Que­bec would like to stress the im­por­tance of plan­ning your trans­porta­tion be­fore head­ing out to party, ei­ther by choos­ing a des­ig­nated driver, tak­ing a taxi or pub­lic trans­port, or us­ing an ac­com­pa­ni­ment ser­vice such as Nez Rouge.

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