Deadly weekend on the roads of Quebec

Deadly weekend on the roads of Quebec

BETTING À DAY

In addition to the three people who perished in Sept-Îles, another octogenarian lost his life on the roads of Quebec yesterday, this time on route 132 in Saint-Fabien in the Bas-Saint- Laurent.

An 81-year-old man was driving his car on Cap-à-l'orignal Road when he wanted to take Route 132 and it This is when he was fatally hit by a westbound vehicle.

An 80-year-old lady accompanied the victim. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but the authorities did not fear for her life at the end of the evening.

Deadly period

The tragedies that occurred during the long weekend are a reminder that the period from the national holiday to Labor Day has been, for many years, the deadliest period on the roads of Quebec.  

Marco Harrison, road safety expert and director of the CAA-Quebec Foundation, urges caution.

“In summer, there are many types of vehicles […] keep a good distance, you have to look up and away, the more information you have, the better your driving will be,” he warns.

In fact, the data collected by the SAAQ between the June 24 and September 7, 2021 are striking, with 92 deaths.

Take chances

Speed ​​and distractions are the main causes. There are also daring overtaking, which according to Mr. Harrison does not save motorists time. This is a false belief. 

“When you want to overtake, you really have to make sure that there is no danger,” he says.

For its part, the SQ renews its call for caution on the roads of the province, while the long holidays of the two national holidays are historically conducive to accidents.

The last year, nine fatal collisions were deplored during this period. This year, the tragedy in Sept-Îles is the first to be recorded on the territory of the SQ, which is stepping up its presence to repress risky behavior.

“ The holiday period brings traffic higher on the roads, as we know, and of all types of road users. It's important to be vigilant to everyone,” said spokesperson Stéphane Tremblay.

– With Dominique Lelièvre