Helpful information from the Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil.
Road safety is my business!
- Cross at the nearest intersection or pedestrian crossing.
- Obey pedestrian lights. Use the sidewalk, or, if there is none, walk on the side of the road or on the shoulder, favoring the opposite direction of traffic.
- Check traffic before crossing (left, right, left again and back). Try to make eye contact with drivers, otherwise assume they haven’t seen you.
- Avoid distracting objects (headphones, cell phones, text messages) when walking and especially when crossing an intersection.
- Be visible at all times (conspicuous clothing, reflective strips, etc.)
- Signal your intentions: use gesture code. If there is more than one lane, drive in the right lane. You must travel in the same direction as traffic, unless you are authorized to travel against the flow of traffic or if necessary.
- At an intersection, give way to pedestrians who are entering it or who clearly indicate their intention to enter it, as well as to cyclists and vehicles who have already entered it or who have the right of way.
- At intersections with stop signs in all directions: the first person to come to a complete stop has the right of way, whether on a bicycle, motorcycle, car or in a heavy vehicle.
- Respect the right of way for pedestrians at intersections and be extra careful before making a right turn at a red light.
- Signal your intentions using the indicator (signaling your intentions is not an option, it is an obligation!)
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Do not encroach on the pedestrian crossing when stopping at an intersection.
- Leave enough space for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Avoid honking your horn unnecessarily.