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A group of parents is asking the government to treat road accidents and road safety like work accidents, based on the CNESST model. They believe that this would make Bill 48, currently under study in the National Assembly, more restrictive.

The creation of a “Road User Protector” would notably make it possible to force municipalities, school service centers or even the Ministry of Transport to establish safety facilities near schools.

The idea is to designate someone responsible, summarizes a co-organizer of the collective “Not one more death”, Ann-Julie Rhéaume.

She explains that parents, when they ask for safer road improvements near schools, are told by civil servants or elected officials that it is impossible to interfere with automobile traffic. In short, they believe they are at the mercy of the goodwill of the authorities.

If he was a worker, he could contact the CNESST. There could be a complaint, an inspector coming. […] He might say that you need to wear a helmet, in detail. In road safety, there is no such thing, underlines Ms. Rhéaume.

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Co-organizer Ann-Julie Rhéaume says she was moved by the death of little Mariia in December 2022.

The parents, who have been campaigning since the death of little Mariia in Montreal in December 2022, are proposing that the government adopt aHealth and Safety Act of road users, drawing inspiration from the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which governs labor standards.

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In addition to imposing wider sidewalks, speed limits and even cycling infrastructure on the authorities, The Road Users' Protector could receive citizen complaints and keep statistics on the causes of serious accidents.

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The similarities between the model proposed by the parents and that of the CNESST.

At the moment, the cause of an accident can be all kinds of things, but deficient facilities are not part of the list. […] Ultimately, this is often the cause, but it is not listed or quantified, recalls Ms. Rhéaume.

Finally, the institution could systematically follow up on coroners' recommendations when a pedestrian or cyclist is killed on the road.

It’s really absurd that after a coroner’s report, we can’t change things, believes the mother of two children who go to school by active transportation.

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The Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, and her colleague from Education, Bernard Drainville, are banking on a five-year action plan to strengthen road safety in Quebec. (Archive photo)

Certain States have already undertaken the exercise of implementing a regime which provides binding prevention as well as compensation in road safety, like New Zealand.

Their law, the first word is: prevention. Compensation comes next. For what? Because we first take care of investing money to prevent accidents, summarizes the law professor at Laval University, Daniel Gardner.

The latter maintains that the regime works very well in Oceania and that it ultimately costs society less since it reduces the number of x27;accidents.

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Around twenty people participated in the demonstration in Magog. (File photo)

But can the same model be reproduced in Quebec?

It's possible because we already have experience. We already do it when it comes to work. […] It is a question of applying it in more targeted sectors, such as school corridors, believes the lawyer.

According to the parents' proposal, the institution created would be financed from driving license holders, in the same way as the SAAQ.

Let's stop asking it is up to the Ministry of Transport and the municipalities to finance measures to secure these corridors and put the onus on the person who creates the risk; the motorist, professes Mr. Gardner.

Public hearings for consultations on Bill 48 on road safety continue until Thursday this week.

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