It's that time of the summer everyone! That's right, it's the summer construction holidays in Quebec.
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If you've noticed that the city roads and buses are a little less congested than usual, that's probably why. Many Montrealers and Quebecers are off on a well-deserved holiday until August 4th.
Although vacation is a time of year we all look forward to, it's also a time of year where the highways in and around the city and province will be packed with road-tripping vacationers.
More cars equal more potential for accidents.
The provincial police are fully staffed and out patrolling the highway ready to catch you speeding off to your lakefront cottage this weekend.
Sûreté du Québec has made several announcements on their Twitter page letting all Quebecers know to slow down and watch their speed this weekend!
Les policiers motards de la Sûreté du Québec sont présents sur les routes à l’occasion des #vacancesconstruction. Ils peuvent entre autres, à cause de leur positionnement, cibler des comportements qui contribuent aux collisions comme les distractions. #sécuritéroutière pic.twitter.com/S9nbPBD425— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) July 26, 2018
This tweet reads that the police can target behaviors that contribute to collisions such as distractions. Which means not only do you have to watch your speed but don't text and drive. And certainly, watch out for drinking and driving as the police's tolerance will be extra-low this weekend.
Rappel aux automobilistes : L’achalandage important sur les routes au cours de la période des #vacancesconstruction, combiné à des infractions au Code de la #sécuritéroutière, augmente considérablement les risques de collisions. Une prudence accrue est de mise. pic.twitter.com/V814o0ZNtn— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) July 24, 2018
The Quebec Police further announced that high volume traffic on the roads during the construction period, combined with breaches of the Security Code, greatly increases the risk of collisions and that increased caution is required.
Moral of the story is: Be extra vigilant out on the roads this weekend! Safe travel and happy vacation.