Parents and concerned citizens are expected to take the the streets around schools across Quebec Tuesday morning to call for improved safety measures in school zones.
Organizers of the event, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., are demanding the province produce a road-safety policy that will also improve security on one-way streets and bicycle paths, the installation of protective bollards, increased police surveillance and tougher penalties for drivers who violate the rules of the road.
The protests come six weeks after 7-year-old Mariia Legenkovska, a Ukrainian refugee, died after being struck by a car while walking to school in her Montreal neighbourhood. The driver of the vehicle left the scene but was arrested a few hours afterward. He has been freed pending his next court appearance.
Protest organizers say that in 2023 such incidents can and must be prevented.
Two weeks ago, the organizations Piétons Québec, CAA-Québec and Vivre en ville denounced the inaction of the Legault government on the issue, calling to for measures to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on Quebec roadways.
A preliminary report by the Société de l’assurance-automobile du Québec for 2022 indicates that as of September, 39 pedestrians had been killed in traffic accidents, 14.7 more than for all of 2021.
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