MONTREAL, Que. — On Wednesday, the Quebec government announced that this spring motorists will be allowed to turn right on red lights with the possible exception of Montrealers.
Red-light right turns are thought to date back to 1919, when they were first allowed in New York City, and transport minister, Serge Menard, says the main reason for the bylaw change is to harmonize driving laws with the rest of North America.
The new potential pedestrian dangers at intersections, Menard says, will be offset by an awareness campaign to be launched this fall. He says Quebec will use this occasion to change the behaviors of drivers and pedestrians in the province.
As for the city of Montreal, municipal officials will be allowed to decide whether they will allow red light turns, and Montreal Mayor, Gerald Tremblay says the city will soon hold public consultations and will make their decision after that.
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