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MONTREAL — Caution is required on the roads, particularly during this long Easter holiday when we observe increased traffic in travel, especially with the relaxation of sanitary measures, conducive to family reunions.

The police officers of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) have notably planned numerous road safety operations throughout the territory.

They have in their sights excessive speed, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or both, as well as the use of cell phones while driving, among others.

“Obviously, the operations are aimed at improving the road safety record and reducing the number of collisions causing serious injury or death. The police will mainly monitor risky behavior,” said Sergeant Stéphane Tremblay, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

During the same period last year, the SQ reported three fatal collisions and 11 accidents with serious injuries on the territory it serves.

A certain lull had however been observed in the previous year, corresponding to the period when the health measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic were more severe.

“In 2020, the first year of the pandemic, there were no fatal collisions and there were two collisions with serious injuries,” said Sergeant Tremblay.

The spokesperson for the SQ also invites road users to plan their trips well to avoid unpleasant surprises.

“Despite the milder weather, with some vehicles already fitted with summer tires, motorists should consider that weather and road conditions may vary within a single day and then from region to region” , he pointed out.

“In addition, with the arrival of good weather, we can expect the arrival of other users on the roads, such as motorcycles and cyclists. That too, you have to be careful about, ”noted Sergeant Stéphane Tremblay.

On the side of the local police forces, we also exercise special attention on this long weekend.

This is particularly the case on the side of Public Security of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, which already deplores two accidents for drunk driving in the space of 48 hours.

The most recent swerve occurred in the night from Friday to Saturday, around 1:35 a.m., on Lamarche Road in L’Ange-Gardien.

The driver of the vehicle, aged 32, ended his race against a tree. The man from Gatineau did not suffer serious injuries, but he will have to face justice because his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit by twice.

“The long Easter holiday has only just begun, so it is important to remind citizens to be careful and that our police officers will be numerous and present on the road network over the weekend to ensure everyone’s safety”, is- he said in a press release sent to the media on Saturday morning.