Should we allow rights on reds in Montreal?
Should right turns on red lights be allowed on the island of Montreal?
They've been allowed everywhere else in Quebec since 2003, and now the editor of The Suburban newspaper is re-opening the debate with a petition it says has so far been signed by about 2000 people.
Beryl Wajsman says he'll present the petition to Mayor Gerald Tremblay, once he gets 5000 signatures.
"We're no worse drivers than anybody in Detroit or Washington or LA or anywhere else. We're just not," Wajsman told CJAD News. "There's no statistics that show that Montrealers are any worse drivers than [drivers in] any other city."
Wajsman disputes statistics that blame right turns on red lights for 300 accidents in Quebec since 2003 — 0.24 per cent of the total of all accidents in the province. The numbers link rights on reds to 6 deaths and to 33 accidents with serious injuries.
Rights on reds are allowed everywhere in North America except New York City and Montreal.
Sign the petition here
Photos: John Gayton, Share Bear