Our efforts in road safety have resulted in tangible results. The improvement in Road Assessments since 2006 include a modification in driver behaviours (such as a reduction in speed on many major routes) is mainly due to interventions carried out by police officers.
Here are our intervention priorities:
In 2009, the photo tachometers (photo radar) and red light camera pilot project was started. In Montreal, six of them were installed and six SPVM police officers took part in the project. These police officers carry out the various operational tasks necessary for its implementation.
The results of the pilot project will be revealed in August 2010 following an evaluation report that the SPVM will take part in. The evaluation will focus on social acceptability and effects of this technology on the Road Assessments.
We are very pleased that the 2008 and 2009 Road Assessment results are similarly positive.
But it is important to remember that behind these figures there are human lives, and that even one road victim is one too many; that following a serious accident, people remain scarred for many years.
This is why it is vital for us to continue and intensify our efforts and do all that is possible for the next Assessment to remain positive. This is one of our major concerns.
Collisions in 2009 will have the same number of deaths as in 2008, 33, the same number of pedestrian deaths and one more cyclist. Pedestrian deaths always represent a high proportion of deaths caused by collisions, approximately 54.5%.
There were 4 more people seriously injured in 2009 than in 2008 for a total of 225. There were 9 more seriously injured pedestrians and 7 cyclists. The most vulnerable road users have been more affected than in the previous year. This situation encourages the Police Force to maintain their interventions with them.
We continue to apply our integrated approach according to the 3E* solution that aims at modifying incorrect behaviours displayed on our roads. It is, according to our experience and several scientific studies, an excellent combination of methods to improve the Road Assessment.
1: E (Education) - education and prevention
2: E (Engineering) - roadway network planning and indication
3: E (Enforcement) - intervention and control
This year, we will continue to apply our intervention plan and again pay detailed attention to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
We will also pay a special attention to the emergent problems like proper seatbelt usage.
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