Montreal, Que. — Montreal police began public consultation last night about allowing right turns on red lights in the city but the deputy police chief believes they are not a good idea.
Montreal deputy chief Yves Charette warns the public will need to be educated about making proper right turns on red lights, and that police will need to monitor intersections.
The provincial transport ministry remains in favor of right turns on red lights. Drivers in other parts of Quebec will be allowed to make right turns on red lights beginning next April 13, but the issue is still up in the air in Montreal.
Quebec’s director of transport security, Pierre Perron, says it is up to the City of Montreal to decide what to do. A special commission of city councillors is measuring public opinion amongst Montrealers before making any recommendations to city council.
City officials say the safety of pedestrians will be the key factor in any final decision about rights on reds in Montreal.
Public consultations continue tonight at the Ville Marie borough council chambers, 888 De Maisonneuve Blvd. E., beginning at 7 p.m.
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