Survey on Magog roundabouts
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.