Reid wants safer roads

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Or­ford Lib­eral MNA Pierre Reid has writ­ten a let­ter to the di­rec­tor of the Que­bec trans­port depart­ment, Gilles Bourque, fol­low­ing the se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent that oc­curred in the Can­ton Or­ford on route 220, on Au­gust 19th, when the car that three young peo­ple were driv­ing in was hit from be­hind by a large truck and thrown into the path of an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle. All three suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and one is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

In his let­ter, Mr. Reid re­it­er­ated how the Can­ton Or­ford cov­ers a large ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments in the north­ern area which are con­nected to the south­ern area of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity by only main high­ways, as is the case with the route 220. Cit­i­zens are there­fore obliged to drive on th­ese roads for their daily ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing young driv­ers who must con­front daily th­ese more danger­ous routes.

“In my opin­ion, we must pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the fact that cer­tain sec­tions of our re­gional routes are used daily by young cit­i­zens and oth­ers, in their nor­mal, mu­nic­i­pal life… More­over, I know that min­is­te­rial bud­gets play an im­por­tant role in your de­ci­sions. I would in­sist, and if needed help you with re­gards to the Min­is­ter, so that we can, as soon as pos­si­ble, ex­pect mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the roads in ques­tion in or­der to guar­an­tee more se­cu­rity for our youth and oth­ers who live in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties where parts of them are con­nected by sec­tions of re­gional routes, as is the case in Or­ford,” wrote Mr. Reid.

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