Safety-conscious motorists and pedestrians = a Halloween to remember

    QUEBEC, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - With Halloween falling on a Friday this
year, CAA-Quebec believes it is especially important to remind both motorists
and pedestrians that they share responsibility for ensuring that the
celebrations don't turn into a nightmare.
    "Children will be taking to the streets by the thousands after sunset.
Many of them will be hard to see, and they are not always aware of how
dangerous the streets can be. Since it is a Friday evening, there will no
doubt be more drivers on the road, on their way to parties," emphasizes Sophie
Gagnon, Senior Director, Public and Government Relations, CAA-Quebec. "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. These are the golden rules to
follow to make sure this particular Halloween comes off without a hitch."

    ABCs for safety-conscious drivers

    On this Halloween eve, there are several stipulations of the Highway
Safety Code worth repeating. For instance, 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 to yield to
pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection or pedestrian

    Watch for pint-sized pedestrians

    Many pedestrians cross the street without bothering to proceed to an
intersection or crosswalk. Children, who are smaller and unable to properly
evaluate risk, tend to run across the street, often running out from between
two parked cars. And, like many of their older relatives, these pint-sized
pedestrians forget that, in neighbourhoods without sidewalks, they should be
walking on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. In a situation like
Halloween night, where excitement reaches a peak, children are in even greater
danger when they display such behaviour. "Children think they're invulnerable,
and they tend to follow adults' examples," Ms. Gagnon says. "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."

    CAA-Quebec is a non-profit organization founded in 1904 that ensures the
safety and peace of mind of its 950,000 members and customers by providing
them with high-quality services in the automotive, travel, residential and
financial services sectors.

For further information:

For further information: Montréal: Roxanne Héroux, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210,; Québec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.

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