Some SPVM bicycle cops are now equipped with a device to better enforce Quebec traffic laws.\nThe device measures the distance between drivers and cyclists.\nDrivers who violate the safe distance outlined in the Highway Safety Code will receive a ticket.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nDrivers will need to be extra vigilant around bicycle police on Montreal's roads now because the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has just introduced a new device that will help officers enforce the Quebec Highway Safety Code's standards on the minimum safe passing distance.\nAccording to the law, "drivers of road vehicles must slow down and respect a safe distance when passing a cyclist. This distance is 1.5 metres on roads where the speed limit is more than 50 km/hour and 1 metre on roads where the limit is 50km/h or less." CTV News writes that the SPVM will write people tickets instead of warnings from now on.\nMontreal police have already field-tested this new device, called C3FT, in the West Island over the summer. On the West Island's wide streets, the device is effective but could pose a problem with those who drive on Montreal's compact city streets.\nThe device shoots out ultrasonic waves to detect the distance between the bike and a passing car. When it detects a vehicle that breaches the required distance, a light flashes and it buzzes. The technology is being installed on only four police bikes and but will soon be seen on a street near you.\nThe minimum passing law has been in place since 2016 but the SPVM says that it's difficult to enforce just by eyesight alone. Drivers often have no idea how close they are to cyclists on the road and vice-versa.\nPolice hope that this new device will prevent accidents and keep drivers vigilant about passing too close to a bicycle. They expect drivers won't be happy about the new technology as they expect more tickets to be handed out because of it.\nView this post on Instagram SPVM (Montréal Police Service) Corporate Bicycle Section officers clear the way for the Montréal Auxiliary Firefighters' (PAM) 75th Anniversary Parade on East Mont-Royal Avenue in the Plateau Mont-Royal district of Montréal, QC. · Des agents de la Section vélo corporative du SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal) dégagent la voie pour la parade du 75e anniversaire des Pompiers auxiliaires de Montréal (PAM) sur l'avenue Mont-Royal Est dans l'arrondissement du Plateau Mont-Royal à Montréal, QC. A post shared by MTL.911™ Emergency Photography (@mtl.911) on Jul 26, 2019 at 7:02pm PDT\nApparently, on Montreal's already crowded streets, police recommend that drivers stop and let the cyclist pass first if they feel like they can't respect a safe distance. I'm sure that'll go over really well with Montreal drivers.\nThe fines for not respecting a minimum safe distance between a cyclist is $200 plus fees, meaning a total $313 plus two demerit points, according to CTV News.\nREAD ALSO: People Have Already Destroyed & Littered Lime Electric Scooters Around Montreal (Photos)\nNow, with the C3FT, the police will be issuing more tickets to drivers than ever before. Only 4 police bikes are equipped with the device as it costs $1,480 per unit. If successful, it's likely that the SPVM will put more C3FTs on the streets.\nView this post on Instagram SPVM (Montréal Police Service) Corporate Bicycle Section officers watching over the 196th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the Ville-Marie district of Montréal, QC. Featuring a quick cameo from @PCVRU in the background 😉 . · Des agents de la Section vélo corporative du SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal) surveillent le 196e défilé annuel de la Saint Patrick dans l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie à Montréal, QC. En vedette: une apparition inattendu de @PCVRU à l'arrière-plan 😉 . A post shared by MTL.911™ Emergency Photography (@mtl.911) on Mar 29, 2019 at 5:57am PDT\nThis news will understandably make some drivers in Montreal quite nervous. The reality is that our streets are over-crowded with bikes and cars and now, e-scooters.\nEnforcing road laws has always been difficult and accidents are frequent. It's encouraging that the SPVM is looking out for the safety of cyclists, however.\nView this post on Instagram Repost: @owen_soap_zhu #SPVM #montreal_first_responders A post shared by Montreal Responders (@montreal_first_responders) on Nov 14, 2018 at 2:11pm PST\nYou can also purchase a C3FT for yourself if you have a spare $1,500 bucks laying around. Though I don't know how a driver will react once the light flashes and the device starts buzzing.\nView this post on Instagram Montreal Police #SPVM #vélo #montreal_first_responders A post shared by Montreal Responders (@montreal_first_responders) on May 19, 2018 at 5:26pm PDT\nThe C3FT will be implemented as soon as possible. Stay vigilant, folks!