Girl caught in Montreal: “It's been said for years that it's dangerous”
The speed limit must be reduced in residential areas of Montreal, citizens plead.
Several citizens of the borough of Ville-Marie, in Montreal, are angry Wednesday morning, the day after an accident which claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl who was walking to school. According to them, there have been traffic problems in this neighborhood for years, increased in recent weeks due to work on the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel.
We are angry because we have been talking about it for years that there are traffic problems in the neighborhood, that it is said that it is dangerous for children to go to school, launched an interview on the show Tout un matinPhilippe H. Bouchard, who lives just in front of the accident site.
On Tuesday morning, a 7-year-old girl, who arrived in Canada from Ukraine a few months ago with his mother, brother and sister died after being hit by a motorist at the intersection of rue Parthenais and rue de Rouen, while walking to his primary school.
The driver, who had initially fled, reported to police later that day. He appeared on Wednesday and was charged with hit and run causing death.
Maria Legenkovska was walking to the school she attends with her older brother and older sister.
We put a lot of things in place, whether it's curbs, whether it's speed bumps, when we redo the street, we redevelop the street to ensure that safety is at the heart of our facilities, replied Sophie Mauzerolle, responsible for transport and mobility on the executive committee of the City of Montreal.
The borough of Ville-Marie is a difficult district, which welcomes metropolitan infrastructures, there is the Jacques-Cartier bridge, major arterial streets…, she added.
We are working on it, we would like to be able to do everything quickly, but we are continuing to work on it.
Interview with the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, regarding road safety following the death of a young girl from seven years in the streets of the metropolis.
However, the problem seems to have worsened in recent weeks on rue Parthenais and elsewhere in the borough of Ville-Marie. This is due in particular to major work on the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel, which diverted traffic to residential streets in Montreal.
And on these streets, many motorists seem to think they are on a highway rather than in a city, according to Philippe H. Bouchard. When you get to DeLorimier from the [Jacques-Cartier] bridge, there are seven lanes, six lights.
“It doesn't look like an urban neighborhood, it looks like a racetrack.
—Philippe H. Bouchard
Wednesday morning, the day after the tragedy, several motorists did not respect the 30 km limit/h in the school zone.
Again, Sophie Mauzerolle ensures that the City of Montreal is doing its best to constrain through traffic on the largest arteries, for example by banning right turns.< /p>
But despite everything, the progress is too slow, believes Mr. Bouchard. We know what we have to do, but things aren't moving fast enough to prevent tragedies like what happened yesterday.
Several obstacles do indeed arise advances in road safety, recognizes Ms. Mauzerolle.
Notably, the city was not designed for adequate sharing of the road. So it's a huge project. We all have intersections that we find problematic. It is a long process. We do it, we go street after street.
Sophie Mauzerolle is city councilor for the Sainte-Marie district in the borough of Ville-Marie.
In addition, the changes cannot be implemented as quickly as desired, defends the elected official. Certain measures must be observed when changes are made to the streets, whether to add speed bumps or sidewalk projections. We must not generate more problems than we solve, evaluations must be made.
What's more, despite the measures put in place, such as bans on right turns and lights giving pedestrians more time to cross, motorists' non-compliance with road signs remains a major problem, underlines Sophie Mauzerolle, who calls for motorists to be vigilant and cautious.
Our journalist Karine Bastien was also at the intersection where the accident took place on Wednesday morning , which is also a school corridor where the limit is 30 km/h. She saw many motorists driving beyond the speed limit and not stopping.
The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, reacted to the tragedy at a press briefing on Wednesday around noon.
“Please be careful in school zones. It's so sad what happened. We have someone from a war zone who comes here to get beaten up.
—François Legault, Premier of Quebec
Speed limits are rarely observed, even in residential and school areas.
< p class="e-p">Marie-Soleil Cloutier, professor-researcher at the INRS Urbanization Culture Society Center and director of the Pedestrians and Urban Space Laboratory, believes that several solutions exist to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists in Montreal.< /p>
In particular, motorists must have more consequences in the event of non-compliance with road regulations. If it is impossible to put a police officer at each intersection, as Sophie Mauzerolle says, radar equipped with cameras could make it possible to film offenders and send them tickets.
Speed cameras, when they are active and when tickets are issued, work.
Drivers must also be forced to reduce their speed on the streets with measures which, if they go too fast, risk breaking their car, like speed bumps.
Finally, considering the fact that people always drive a little above the speed limit, it is important to put panels with a very low speed.
“There is no reason for speeds to be above 30 km/h in residential areas. »
— Marie-Soleil Cloutier, professor-researcher at the INRS Urbanization Culture Society Center and director of the Pedestrians and Urban Space Laboratory
The whole neighborhood is in shock after the death of the little girl and several residents came to pay their respects at the scene of the accident.
In the meantime, the family of the girl who died on Tuesday morning is not alone. The community is mobilizing, said Michael Shwec, president of the Quebec branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The priest of one of our parishes is in communication with the family. The council, the administration of this parish, is in the process of organizing a GoFundMe page to help financially to help prepare for the funeral of the little one.
We know that it is a nightmare, the mother is in shock, he admitted, however.
With information from Karine Bastien