SQ flags at half mast for road accident victims

SQ flags at half mast for road accident victims

The flag of the Sûreté du Québec has been flown at half mast this weekend across the province of Quebec to honour the memory of victims of fatal crashes on the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of road accidents taking place this Sunday, November 16.

Through this initiative, the police want to show their support to the many families affected by the death of a loved one in these tragic events.

The police want their message to be heard: “The road users have an important role in their safety and that of others,” says Inspector Potvin of the Sûreté de Québec. “Every day, our patrols intervene after seeing road violations, and are often on the scene of fatal crashes.”

Speeding, using a cell phone while driving, and impaired driving, are unfortunately still part of commonly observed behaviour on the road. The seat belt is itself still often ignored, although it halves the risk of being killed or seriously injured in a collision.

To raise awareness to the public of the extent of the tragedy, employees of the Sûreté du Québec gathered this week at the headquarters in Montreal. This gathering represents the approximate number of deaths last year as a result of collisions on the territory of the Police or 276 victims. In addition, a patrol vehicle bearing the identifier that appears in the 0210 photo shows the number of deaths since the beginning of 2014 people.

Even if there is a steady decline in the number of fatal crashes each year, the annual number of victims in Quebec is still in the hundreds.

In 2013, 258 fatal crashes occurred on the territory of the Sûreté du Québec. Beyond the numbers, these sad statistics, too reminiscent of fathers, mothers, daughters or sons die in crashes that could have been avoided.

Note that this is the first time in the history of the Sûreté du Québec the flags of the organization are at half-mast across the province, in circumstances other than death of police officers killed on duty or official death.

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