In the urban environment, the high number of users crowded together makes sharing the roads a never-ending challenge. In accidents that result in death or serious injury, pedestrians and cyclists often share the responsibility with drivers of motor vehicles.
User behaviour is the number-one cause of traffic accidents in Montréal. But it’s important to remember that pedestrians and cyclists are far more vulnerable when an accident occurs, which is why the SPVM has made their safety a priority.
During the campaign, SPVM officers will:
In 2011, one fewer pedestrian lost their life in a traffic accident. The number of pedestrians who were seriously injured declined by 10%, from 125 to 114. The number of pedestrians who suffered minor injuries rose slightly, however.
Statistically, pedestrians made up 47% of the victims of fatal traffic accidents in 2011. This year again, pedestrians 65 and over were at greatest risk, with 12 of the 18 victims, or 67%, being over 65.
In 2011, 61% of the pedestrians who died had contravened the Highway Safety Code.
Driver distraction is the primary cause of traffic accidents, whether it stems from an object or situation that attracts the driver’s attention or using a cell phone at the wheel. Pedestrians also endanger their own safety by crossing between intersections without ensuring they can make it safely to the other side, for example, or failing to obey traffic signals when crossing at a corner.
4 main causes of accidents in Montréal
|Main causes of traffic accidents||%||Rank|
|Failure to yield right-of-way||11%||2|
|Failure to stop at a red light||9%||3|
|Other negligent behaviours||6%||4|
Accidents involving heavy vehicles in Montréal
In 2011, pedestrian or cyclist fatalities in accidents involving heavy vehicles accounted for 20% of traffic fatalities in Montréal.
The general active transportation campaign runs from April 30 to November 25, 2012, and addresses pedestrians as well as cyclists and drivers. Everyone is strongly urged to be attentive on the roads, to obey traffic signals and bylaws, and to yield right-of-way.
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