July 22, 2012
Ambulance, Police, Safety, Traffic / Parking, Urban Planning
B'nai Brith House, Crosswalk, Road traffic safety, Senior citizen, Steven Erdelyi, Waldorf Residence
More seniors than youth struck by cars in CSL: stats
New light mechanism at busy Côte St. Luc Road and Westminster
Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban
July 11, 2012
Côte St. Luc is the only city on the island of Montreal where senior citizens exceed young people in terms of those hit by cars at intersections, Councillor Steven Erdelyi told his District 4 meeting at the Waldorf residence last Thursday.
“Based on a study, which was a few years ago… at every other city and borough on the island, there’s more children up to 18 [hit by cars],” he added. For this reason, and also as a result of past complaints, a crossing guard was installed at the busy corner of Côte St. Luc Road and Westminster Avenue for two hours during the day, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. The intersection is in Erdelyi’s district, and is frequented by numerous seniors, as the Waldorf residence and B’nai Brith House are in close proximity.
“Some said, let’s put the crossing guard there in the [early] morning because of the kids, but I said the problem is not so much the kids, it’s the seniors,” the councillor said. Erdelyi told The Suburban that the data collected for the pedestrian victim study was from about 2003. He added that the data did not indicate who was killed or injured. But the data did say which were the most dangerous intersections with the most injuries- Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Road was first, Cavendish Blvd. and Mackle Road was second and Côte St. Luc Road and Westminster was third.
“It’s important to make sure senior citizens can cross the road safely,” Erdelyi said. In that vein, the councillor spoke about new traffic light mechanisms at Côte St. Luc and Westminster. “All the buttons [for the walk signals], all the poles have been replaced,” he said. “The structure there is about 30-40 years old, and it was time to replace it.” Erdelyi said that when the walk button is now pressed, a beep sound is heard, confirming that it’s working. The walk signal does not come on immediately, as the traffic light cycle continues. “If you don’t press the button, the walk signal will not come on. If you do want to cross, you need to press the button and be patient and wait for it.
One of the problems we have there is many people don’t wait.” A sonar beeping signal for the visually impaired will be coming in the future.
June 20, 2012
Health, Montreal, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw, Safety
Bicycle helmet, Cycling, helmet, Road traffic safety, SAAQ
The cyclist safety campaign is underway. From June 4 to August 26, 2012, Montreal police officers will pay special attention to enforcing the highway safety code provisions for cyclists and drivers. Cyclists and drivers both engage in risky behaviour – it’s a two-way street! In fact, 50% of the cyclist accidents leading to death or injury are the driver’s fault, and the 50% are the fault of the cyclist.
Read more via Cyclist safety.
And remember to always wear a bicycle helmet. It’s the law in Cote Saint-Luc.
There are excellent promotional materials available online from the Quebec government’s automobile insurance board (SAAQ) on cycle safety such as this flyer.
May 27, 2012
News clip, Police, Safety, Traffic / Parking
Fleet Road, Hampstead, Harvey Shaffer, Pedestrian crossing, Road traffic safety, Sylvain Bissonnette, Traffic Control
Free Press, May 23. 2012, Click to enlarge
If you haven’t noticed the blinking LED-lit crosswalk sign on Fleet Road in Hampstead you better take note. Hampstead has added this signage with corresponding fines of $154 for an infraction to its collection of confusing traffic signs designed to keep through traffic off its side streets.
Their Councillor responsible for traffic safety, Harvey Shaffer, has also indicated that they’ve asked Police Station 9 commander Sylvain Bissonnette to step up patrols on their territory.
I’ve been a critic of Hampstead’s bizarre and difficult to understand no left turn signs along Fleet (search “Fleet” or “Hampstead” on this blog), and while I strongly support pedestrian crosswalk safety this is going to be a very difficult one to abide by and to enforce.
Traffic along this main artery is steady and travels at 50 km/h, plus or minus about 10 km/h I’d guesstimate. Pedestrians would be safer to wait for a break in the clusters of traffic rather than to negotiate their way across while one lane may come to a halt but not the others.
Hampstead would be well advised to install a pedestrian call button that would allow a person to activate yellow flashing lights overhead to signal a pedestrian is present. This would enhance the safety significantly on this thoroughfare.
In any case, have a look how many pedestrians are trying to cross in the next week or two. I’ve checked every time I passed over the last several weeks and have yet to spot a single pedestrian.
October 4, 2010
Montreal, Police, Recreation, Safety
Bicycle, Cycling, Road traffic safety
Image via Wikipedia
The Quebec Highway Safety Code (CSR) requires that bicycles be equipped with reflectors and lights. Cyclists must have a white front headlight and a red light at the rear when driving at night.
Montreal Police conducted an analysis of crashes in 2009 involving fatal or serious injuries between a cyclist and a motorist. They found that 33% of these crashes occurred in darkness or twilight.
In order to improve cyclists’ safety when driving at night Police intend to increasing cyclists’ visibility. Beginning this week Police will be providing a white light or red light, or both, to cyclists whose bikes are not equipped with required lighting equipment and will publicize the Highway Code.
Be safe when you peddle at night. Make sure you are visible.
September 29, 2010
Ambulance, EMS, Fire, Paramedics, Police, Safety, Traffic / Parking
Gwent Police, Road traffic safety, Texting while driving, Tredegar Comprehensive School
Image via Wikipedia
Texting while driving
Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police (Gwent is located in south-east Wales,UK) have produced a drama entitled ‘COW’ –The film that will stop you from texting and driving.
It’s all about Cassie COWan a nice girl from a Gwent valleys family who kills four people on the road because she used her cell phone and lost her concentration for a few seconds. It is hoped this film will become part of the core schools programme across Wales and the UK and ultimately worldwide.
Gwent Police facilitated the films crash scenes because they want to stop ALL drivers, but particularly young and new ones, from causing accidents.
State of the art digital special effects were utilised to show the impact of what would happen inside the car during impact.
The result is a very impactful road safety educational tool to help reduce the number of collisions involving young drivers.
Seeing a scenario, like the one Cassie goes through, played out right before your eyes makes you realise how extremely dangerous it can be and what devastating consequences it can have. This video is a short teaser from the full 30 minute piece.
Click here to watch the Video
September 14, 2010
News clip, Safety
Optical illusion, Road traffic safety, School zone
Have a look at this ingenious “invention” to get motorists to slow down in B.C. school zones. Should we do the same here in Cote Saint-Luc? Hit “comment” and add yours.
3-D girl a reminder for B.C. drivers in school zone – thestar.com.