(Quebec) The speed limit on the 279, just off Highway 20 in Beaumont, from 90 to 70 km / h. This is one of the measures qu’annoncera Tuesday the Department of Transportation to make the road safer following a fatal accident which caused the death of a mother and daughter in August.
The accident that killed Stephanie Baker, 37, and her daughter, Emily Shepherd, 9 years old, in addition to seriously injure her two boys 6 and 13, Friday, August 7, had rekindled the debate the dangerousness of certain sections of the 279 that connects Beaumont in Buckland. Since 2008, a regional committee Road Safety Vision 279 works with the Department of Transport (MTQ) to improve deemed risky areas.
“It is certain that the accident this summer has shaken some guidance, recognizes the mayor of Saint-Lazare, Martin J. Côté, co-founder of the committee. The place where the accident took place was in our priorities, he added, noting that it is the exclusive responsibility of the Ministry to make the changes because the 279 is a provincial jurisdiction.
It seems that the accident has actually accelerated decisions. A few days after the tragedy, a spokesman MTQ explained that this area was not treated as a “site potential for improvement.” The Ministry even stated that there was a “relatively low accident rate” at this place, with 13 occurring from 2010 to 2014. Of this total, none would be mortal, and one would have one serious injury.
The speed reduction measures and others to specify, can be seen as a victory won hard fought. Beaumont Municipality has already sent the MTQ two resolutions adopted by the Board on the Highway 279 area.
The first, dated 2005, speed reduction requested on the road 279 between Highway 20 and the urban sector. The second, sent in 2013, called for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Saint-Roch.
It is the Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches, Dominique Viens, who will announce a series of measures on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Robert Poëti. The MTQ has installed the signs now show a speed limit of 70 km / h in the sector.