Éric Duhaime promises to increase the speed on the highways to 120 km/h | Elections Quebec 2022

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Éric Duhaime promises to increase speed on highways to 120 km/h | Élections Quebec 2022

Leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime

If elected on October 3, the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) is committed to increasing to 120 km/h the limit allowed on highways “under conditions that allow it”.

Chief Éric Duhaime made the announcement on Saturday in Quebec City. The maximum speed allowed is 100 km/h in the province.

According to the Conservatives, this announcement is based in particular on automobile technology and safety, which have evolved considerably in recent years. The party claims that studies show that increasing speed does not increase the number of accidents.

The party cites British Columbia as an example. In 2014, the maximum speed was increased to 120 km/h on several sections of the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia. The trend of road accidents in the province remains downward, from 335,000 in 2017 to 285,000 in 2021, a decrease of nearly 15%, argues the party.

A 100 km/h speed limit sign next to a highway .

The Conservatives also cite the example of Germany, where there are no speed limits on the motorways, and which has fewer road accidents than other countries which impose strict limits.

The PCQ adds, to justify its promise, that the number of accident victims on our roads fell by 18% between 2016 and 2021.

In its 2021 road report, the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), however, reported a 0.7% increase in road deaths. 347 people died on our roads, 2 more than the average from 2016 to 2020, can we read in the report.

On the roads, the reduction of speed limits would have a real impact on the number of serious and fatal accidents, according to a recent study carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport.

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