Quebec automobile insurance board holds road safety event

The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) held an event at Shamrock Place in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie yesterday meant to educate the public on the blind spots of truck drivers.

The awareness campaign featured an interactive display wherein participants, guided by police officers, can see a truck up close and learn more about their blind spots.

SAAQ’s road safety education event was targeted at pedestrians and cyclists following a recent accident just a week ago, wherein a cyclist in her 30s perished after colliding with a truck on the corner of Bélanger Street and 6 Avenue in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.

“The coroner’s report asked the SAAQ to have preventative activities to explain to pedestrians and cyclists the dangers of these blind spots,” SAAQ spokesperson Marie-Josée Michaud told Global News.

“To avoid an accident, make sure that you have eye contact with the driver of the truck,” Michaud advised. “If you cannot see his eyes, it means that he cannot see you. So, move away and wait before you cross the street.”

The Montreal officers present at the event also offered free bike engravings to cyclists who participated.

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