Montreal has deplored a “rise in collisions” involving pedestrians in recent weeks, while a girl died Tuesday after being hit.
Plante wants to “evaluate all additional measures”
The mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, reacted in writing. “My heart broke at the news of the young girl’s death. My sympathies to the family during this terrible ordeal, ”she said on social networks. “Every death on our roads is one too many. Our teams will assess any additional security measures in the area. »
Before the announcement of the girl’s death in the evening, Valérie Plante’s transport manager said she was “extraordinarily upset” by the event. Sophie Mauzerolle, who also represents the neighborhood where the accident occurred, said she “thinks very, very strongly” of the family and sends them “any [leur] kindness “. “Before being elected, I am a mother. »
“We have the whole city to transform”
Four pedestrians have been killed on the streets of Montreal since the beginning of December. Others were injured. “What is really unfortunate is that we are seeing that there is an increase in collisions, deaths,” said M.me Mauzerolle. She mentioned that the beginning of winter is often a riskier time on the road: the weather changes, the light changes too. Mme Mauzerolle added that the municipal administration has been working since its first election in 2017 to secure intersections and reduce through traffic in residential neighborhoods. “We try to seize every opportunity to secure the city. You have to understand that the city was not designed for adequate sharing between the different users. It’s constant work. We have the whole city to transform,” she said. The elected municipal also called on Quebec to install more photo radars in the streets of the metropolis.
Ensure the safety of children walking
On Tuesday, the director general of Piétons Québec pleaded that children who go to school on foot should be able to do so without fear of being victims of a collision with a person driving a motor vehicle. “The parents of this little girl, they did the right thing for society,” said Sandrine Cabana-Degani. They let their daughter walk to school, they wanted to develop her autonomy and create safer school zones. As a society, our role is to ensure that children can do this safely. Failure to do so is encouraging a vicious circle that increases the dangerousness around schools, she says. “We are going to have more people driving, so with more cars around the school and more danger in the school zone. Every car that is not on the road near a school is one less danger for children. »