To a been of the most deadly

News 9 August, 2017
  • Valerie Gonthier

    Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 22:52

    Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 22:52

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    The summer of 2017 promises to be one of the deadliest on the roads of the province, warns the Sûreté du Québec. Only for the construction holiday, the number of victims has doubled compared to last year.

    The provincial police implore motorists to be more cautious. Speed and distraction are responsible for the majority of fatal accidents in the last two weeks.

    In the summer of 2016 (June, July and August), 63 persons have lost the life on the territory of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). This year, the month of August has barely begun and already the balance sheet amounted to 59 deaths.

    “Last year, there were 19 fatal collisions in August. At this time, it has nine. I’m worried for the rest of the month. It is a matter of concern “, says captain Paul Leduc, the head of service of the road traffic safety Directorate to the SQ.

    Photo archive, Éric Thibault

    Paul Leduc. Sûreté du Québec

    “Disastrous “

    The police made public yesterday its road safety record “disastrous” for the two weeks of construction holidays from July 21 to August 6. The worst of the last six years. No fewer than 22 persons have lost their lives this year (see table). It is two times more than last year, while the road that had killed 11.

    The SQ, however, noted an improvement in the road safety record in general. In 2016, dated as of August 6, there were 142 fatal collisions. In 2017, there have been 18 less. But these are the last weeks that have blackened the table. For the month of July, there has been an increase of 36 % of deaths compared to 2016.

    “We can talk of a summer that seems to be experiencing an upward trend. We want to remind people of the basic guidelines of security, yet, they know it. But between the knowing and the doing, there is unfortunately a big difference, ” says the policeman.

    The young

    The SQ just to explain this massacre. Obviously, the number of trips, which increases in the summer could play a role.

    “There are more activities in the summer. People drive without worrying about the danger, yet, there are, ” added Mr Leduc.

    And once more, the young are overrepresented among the victims. In fact, 9 out of 22 were aged 25 years and under.

    “There is nothing more difficult for a police officer than go to announce the death of a child to a family. It is devastating, ” insisted the captain Leduc.

    22 deaths in 14 days

    21 July

    Photo Agence QMI, Marc Vallières

    A 61 year old male lost his life on route 138, Ormstown, in Montérégie.

    22 July

    A man in his fifties has died in a motorcycle after you have suffered a malaise on the road. He made a violent exit from the road on boulevard Charest in Quebec city.

    Photo Agence QMI, Guy Martel

    22 July

    A young man of 21 years died in a car driven by his half-brother, Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon.

    22 July

    A motorcyclist 67-year-old died on the service road of autoroute Charest est in Quebec city when he was pinned under a truck.

    23 July

    The alcohol could be involved in the output of road that occurred on highway 10, at the height of Shefford. A 26 year old young man has lost his life.

    23 July

    A motorcyclist of 34 years died after being in collision with a van, to Grenville-sur-la-Rouge in the Laurentians.

    24 July

    A young man of 19 years died in his burning vehicle after a road exit, in the Gaspé peninsula.

    25 July

    A driver of 20 years died in Saint-Cuthbert, in Lanaudière.

    25 July

    A man 37-year-old was ejected from his vehicle after having carried out several barrels on highway 20 in Cap-Saint-Ignace.

    28 July

    A cyclist, a 23-year-old succumbed to his injuries after he lost control of his ATV in Sainte-Gertrude-Manneville, near Amos.

    29 July

    Photo Agence QMI, SYLVAIN DENIS

    A woman of 68 years of Paspébiac is dead to Hope, in the Gaspé peninsula.

    July 30,

    A pedestrian was struck fatally in Pointe-Calumet by a hit and chased by the police.

    July 30,

    A young man of 18 years died on route 167 at lac Albanel, in Saguenay.

    July 31,

    Photo Agence QMI, GUY MARTEL

    A teenage girl 17-year-old lying on the floor, is dead after two vehicles have caught up.

    1 August

    A motorcyclist of 41 years who was travelling alone has lost control of his sled at Frampton in the Beauce region.

    1 August

    Photo Agence QMI, Mathieu Wagner

    A transient of 77 years has died at Alma, when the vehicle in which it took place was struck by a semi-trailer during a left turn.

    August 2,

    An octogenarian Sainte-Madeleine, in Montérégie, died after being caught by a train at a level crossing.

    August 2,

    A 20 year old young man died in a collision between his vehicle and an SUV on route 117 in Rivière-Rouge.

    August 2,

    Photo Agence QMI, Erik Peters

    A woman 78-year-old lost his life on the road Bridge at Cascapedia-Saint-Jules when the car in which she was located was struck by a motorist who has missed his turn. (see text below)

    3 August

    A young man mexican, 21 years of age was killed when a truck was struck in the rear of the vehicle in which he was on the highway 30 Is in Brossard.

    August 4,

    A pedestrian 31-year-old’s death on highway 40 to Trois-Rivières.

    August 6,

    A pedestrian 62-year-old has been caught fatally by a car in Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé.