(La Tuque) Motorists and motorcyclists who take Route 155 to La Tuque will be many more in the coming weeks. They will have to be extra careful. The Surete du Quebec promises to have the section between Grandes-Piles and La Tuque to the eye.
From 2012 to 2015, six fatal crashes, five serious injury crashes, 98 collisions with minor injuries and 157 property damage crashes occurred on that portion of Route 155.
“Taking account of the causes of collisions and complaints received from citizens, the positions of the Mekinac and the agglomeration of La Tuque decided to jointly tackle this problem”, said the Surete Quebec.
The impressive number of crosses in memory of victims affixed near the path reflects a poor record for this majestic road. I must say that on this road bordered by the St. Maurice River, many heavy vehicles coexist with motorcyclists, motorists and holidaymakers. This increased scrutiny is welcomed by the Mayor of La Tuque. “It’s important to have some oversight over the holidays, maybe even a little more because there is more traffic. […] There are people who are impatient on the road and taking chances, if we can avoid these ” extras ” I have absolutely nothing against that, “said Normand Beaudoin.
This is not unlike what the user is much more likely at fault than the road itself, it also considers much less dangerous than in the past.
Speed limits vary in several places since many rural and semi-urban areas overlap. The passing zones are infrequent in some sections.
The aim of these targeted operations is to improve road safety and sense of security to residents of the area, as well as different users on Route 155.
“The police will intervene if they observe unsafe behavior and breaches of code of road safety such as speed, tailgating and dangerous overtaking. In addition, through joint operations with highway controllers Quebec, they will conduct audits of heavy vehicles, “said the Surete du Quebec.
As for the MTQ, it will provide a speedometer panel that will be moved to strategic locations and issues of highway 155.
Driving on the “road of death”
Since 1980, Réjean Trottier has seen many accidents on the 155. The retired sergeant of the Sûreté du Québec and teacher in Police Technology at Cégep de Trois-Rivières has not only patrolled, but also coordinated surveillance operations the concerned. The same kind of operation as that which will be held this summer.
Although the 155 has the reputation of being a difficult lane, Réjean Trottier believes that this factor alone does not explain the poor record of the provincial road. The former policeman commented that when he started pacing the road, there are about 35, it was actually really curvy. “Today is much better, the turns are softer and speed limits vary,” he says.
Trottier for the sergeant, the first danger on the 155, it is the driver. Specifically, the danger would come from an offense that motorists tend to trivialize: follow vehicles too closely. “Of course, the braking distance is too small. But it is also the issue of reintegrating its way arises. There is only one way each side; thus, when a driver wants to pass a vehicle, it can get stuck in reverse because it is forced to overcome not one, but two or three vehicles to return to his way, “he explains. Or, accident risks are magnified in this context.
To explain the high number of accidents on Highway 155, Rejean Trottier also evokes the impatience of drivers, especially towards the end of the week. “This is a very common situation. It’s Friday, people want to go into the wood, then they attach the trailer or they take the Winnebago. The problem is that they are eager to get, “he said. Route 155 was not immune to the problems that concern all roads. For example, many drivers do not adjust their driving to the weather. Many also do not hesitate to talk to the cell and texting while driving (especially as reception improves on the road to La Tuque). Finally, lack of concentration spares no one. “The Saint-Maurice River has beautiful scenery, but it is never a good idea to leave the road ahead,” added retired from the Surete du Quebec.
About the nickname of the 155, Rejean Trottier feels the need to put things into perspective. “I worked in the Gaspé, Abitibi-Temiscamingue; each region of Quebec to its road of death “, he specifies. Asked about measures to be implemented this summer, he simply answers: “The police has two tools: repression and prevention. But ultimately, it is the driver who makes the decisions. ”