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Winter is upon us: Prudence and respect of the Highway Code and by-laws are recommended

Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Châteauguay, Thursday, November 23, 2017 - The arrival of winter brings a lot of changes to driving a vehicle. For this reason, the Service de police de Châteauguay would like to remind the population to adopt good winter driving habits.

  • From December 15 to March 15, equip your vehicle with appropriate winter tires. The use of studded tires is allowed from October 15 to May 1 on commercial vehicles not exceeding 3000 kg in weight, on passenger vehicles and on taxis. 
  • Completely clear snow from your vehicle in order to have good vision and drive better, in accordance with the Highway Safety Code.
  • The windshield and all the windows of the vehicle should always be cleared of any material that may hinder the driver's visibility.
  • Adapt your driving by reducing your speed and keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, especially during poor visibility, when the road is slippery or when the roadway has not been completely cleared.
  • Postpone a trip if road conditions are poor.

Overnight parking

Overnight parking is prohibited throughout the territory served by the Service de police de Châteauguay. However, every municipality has specific by-laws in this respect.

Beauharnois: Parking is prohibited from December 1 to April 1, between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Châteauguay: Parking is prohibited from December 1 to April 1, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Léry : Parking is prohibited from December 1 to April 1, between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Saint-Isidore : Parking is prohibited from December 1 to April 1, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The Service de police de Châteauguay reminds the public that caution and respecting winter driving rules can prevent many accidents. During the winter, police officers will ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians. Tickets will be issued to drivers who do not respect the Highway Code and by-laws.

Some key figures in Quebec 

In 2016, 11,820 people were victims of accidents from January to March and in December. These included:

- 95 deaths (27.1% of the total number of deaths caused by road accidents for the year);

- 332 serious injuries (22.5% of serious injuries); 

- 11,393 minor injuries (31.8% of minor injuries). 

The causes most often mentioned during these accidents are: 

- inattention or distraction (42%); 

- weather conditions (29%); 

- speeding (25%). 

From 2012 to 2016, from January to March and December, on average:

- 47% of accidents occurred on a wet or dry surface; 

- 53% of accidents occurred on snowy or icy surfaces. 

In 2015, 890 speeding offenses were recorded for excessive speed relative to the weather or environmental conditions. Of these offenses, 90% were committed from January to March and in December. 

For more information, visit

saaq.gouv.qc.ca/securite-routiere/comportements/adapter-conduite/conduite-hivernale

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Sources :  

saaq.gouv.qc.ca

Martine Denis

Agente relations médiatiques

Service de police de Châteauguay

450 698-3207

martine.denis@police.chateauguay.ca

Last update: 2017-11-29 16:44

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