quebec, Quebec – With Hallowe’en falling on a Friday this year, CAA-Quebec is reminding both motorists and pedestrians that they share responsibility for ensuring that celebrations don’t turn into a nightmare.

“Children will be taking to the streets by the thousands after sunset,” said Sophie Gagnon, Senior Director, Public and Government Relations, CAA-Quebec. “Since it is a Friday evening, there will no doubt be more drivers on the road, on their way to parties. With SAAQ statistics showing that the majority of accidents involving pedestrians happen on streets where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less, and that accidents are more frequent in the fall season, it’s important to remind everyone to be courteous and vigilant, and to share the road.”

CAA-Quebec said that too many drivers stop their vehicles far beyond the stop line at a red light or stop sign, even though they know they should not cross that line. Many drivers also fail to come to a complete stop before making a right turn on a red light, or fail to yield to pedestrians who have started crossing.

Many pedestrians cross the street without bothering to proceed to an intersection or crosswalk, and children tend to run across the street, often out from between parked cars. In neighbourhoods without sidewalks, they should walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic.

“Children think they’re invulnerable, and they tend to follow adults’ examples,” Gagnon said. “They can fail to properly assess the consequences of their actions when they are walking on the streets. Unfortunately, this is reflected in road accident statistics. In 2007, there were 304 pedestrians between the ages of 5 and 12 seriously injured or killed in accidents involving a vehicle.”

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