- The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) caught 20,844 highway safety code violations during the 2019 construction holiday.
- Police cracked down on infractions during the period of heavy traffic, collecting untold sums in fines.
The annual construction holiday often comes with traffic and road delays. Quebec drivers have a hard time navigating and, apparently, obeying the law during the two-week span between July 19th and August 4th.
According to the Sûreté du Québec's report on construction holiday road conditions, over 20,000 infractions for various offences were recorded over the two weeks. The good news is, the SQ reports that there was a 12% overall drop in the number of personal injury collisions.
Police participated in more than 1,000 checkpoints to catch drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to CTV News. SQ officers only had to stop and test 446 drivers for imparied driving. SQ officers were found in large numbers along highways, country roads, and even large river systems.
The SQ's report states that a total of 20,844 violations of Quebec's Highway Safety code were issued over the two-week period. A large number of those were speeding tickets — 13,000, in fact.
Only 302 people were arrested for impaired driving. The SQ didn't report on the exact details of each infraction, whether it was alcohol, cannabis, or otherwise. The agency reminds the public that "speed, distraction and driving with impaired abilities remain the three main causes of collisions."
There were only 577 major collisions this year, compared to 656 in the same period last year.
The SQ reports that this was a significant drop in "serious crashes causing harm." The Montreal Gazette reports that overall, there were 3,820 "road accidents" during last year's holiday.
The SQ also reports that there were 15 fatal collisions during this year's construction holiday. This was 3 fewer than last year. In 2018, there were a total of 359 road deaths for the whole year.
Intervention and prevention measures on Quebec's roads will persist throughout the summer for the SQ since many people are still on holiday. Quebec drivers should be aware of them and follow all laws.
Quebec's roads are notoriously difficult to deal with on a good day, so try not to make it any harder on anyone.
To find out more about Sûreté du Québec's intervention measures or to report a crime, please visit their official website.