(Quebec) The Quebec police intensify this week the lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of scooters respect the Highway Safety Code. Last year, 52 pedestrians and 11 bicyclists were killed.
They are called “vulnerable users”. They do not make the weight against a car. Although the number of deaths is declining for five years, the gains remain fragile. Indeed, the number of pedestrian fatalities undergoing significant changes, also rising for some reference years. It went from 75 in 2011 to 55 in 2012, before rising to 66 in 2013 and dropped to 52 last year.
All week, the patrollers will monitor the intersections considered problematic and, if necessary, will present statements of offense. “Pedestrians must cross at intersections on the pedestrian fire while cyclists must respect the stop signs and traffic lights,” says Melissa Cliche of the police department of the City of Quebec. Drivers are also in the sights of the police.
Those identified as drivers of motorized mobility aid – motorized wheelchairs, tricycles, scooters – must also respect the Code of road safety, especially as they are becoming more numerous. They include the obligation to follow the direction of traffic when riding on sidewalks and bike lanes.
Of the 52 deaths of pedestrians and cyclists 11 reported in 2014, there were four and two respectively in the region of the Capitale-Nationale, and four and one in Chaudière-Appalaches. In addition, the Company car insurance recorded in 2589 pedestrians and cyclists in 1715 who suffered mild to severe injuries.