On Monday, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), put out a notice "to remind drivers of the importance of adopting responsible and safe behaviour to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision."

The statement came after a particularly tragic week on Quebec roads. In the preceding four days, there were nine fatal collisions in the SQ's jurisdiction.

The reduced traffic on the road network [...] due to the pandemic should have resulted in a decrease in the number of fatal collisions by now.

Sûreté du Québec

"Since the beginning of the year 2020," the SQ wrote, "123 fatal collisions have occurred on the territory compared to 115 at the same time last year. Among these collisions, 31 involve motorcyclists, while in 2019 that number was 19."

Among the leading causes of crashes are speed, reckless or impaired driving, inexperience on motorcycles, distraction, and non-use of seatbelts.

"On a motorcycle as well as in a car," the SQ concluded, "everyone must take into account other road users and be vigilant in their presence in order to share the road safely and harmoniously."


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