Speed is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec. Going over the speed limit can trigger an accident. Food for thought!
Speed is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec.
On average, in 44% of motorcyclist fatalities over the past 5 years, “speeding” was mentioned as one of the two main causes of the accident.
We can change the statistics
According to some studies, reducing the average traffic speed by 5 km/h would decrease the number of accidents by 15% per year.
If all drivers reduced their average speed, the number of injuries and deaths on Québec roads each year would go down considerably:
These numbers are based on a total of 400 deaths.
You are driving at 50 km/h when you spot a pedestrian on the road about 31 metres (approximately 108 feet) away. You have enough time to react, brake and stop in time—provided your brakes are in good condition and the pavement is dry.
You are driving at 60 km/h when you spot a pedestrian on the road.
The man is about 31 metres away (108 feet). You brake, but it is too late.
When you hit the pedestrian, you are still travelling at 42 km/h. At that speed, the pedestrian will likely be killed or left disabled for the rest of his life.
Trucks cannot manoeuvre as well or as fast as cars because they are bigger and heavier.
When braking, a loaded semi-trailer travelling at 96 km/h will stop 30.5 metres (about 100 feet) further than a car that was travelling at the same speed. That's almost double the braking distance.
When drivers have a lead foot, ask them to slow down. If they don't listen, ask them to let you out in a safe place where you can call someone to come pick you up.
When drivers take themselves for Formula 1 drivers or simply want to impress you, let them know that all their manoeuvring doesn't impress you at all.
Speaking up will help you and your friends stay alive.
Last update: July 21, 2021