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Photo: James Morgan.

SQ enforcing winter driving safety in western Québec

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) would like to drivers that it is in the midst of a winter driving safety campaign today.

The effort is meant to educate the public and prevent unsafe winter driving.

With winter well established, the SQ wants to remind all drivers of the importance of adapting their driving to weather and road conditions. In by doing so, they reduce the risk of going off the road of being involved in a potentially fatal collision.

Police officers could issue tickets if they see that a driver’s speed is not being adapted to road conditions, even if it is within the posted speed limit.

Article 330 of the Highway Safety Code states that a driver must reduce speed when visibility conditions are poor due to darkness, fog, rain, precipitation, or when the road is slippery or partially clear. Violators face a minimum fine of $ 60 plus costs and two demerit points.

Users must also clear snow from their vehicle and ensure that the windshield, windows, headlights, the lights, and the license plate are free of ice and snow. Not respecting these rules increases the risk of collisions and can result in a minimum fine of $ 100.

Particular attention will also be paid to people who follow too closely, non-compliance with the safety corridor, as well as verifying the conformity of winter tires.

The simultaneous operation will involve 31 units from the West District, which includes the Laurentides, Outaouais, Lanaudière, and Mauricie regions.

Police will intervene based on education, prevention, intervention, and communication.