The Montreal Police can now monitor the distance between cars and bicycles with a device
The Montreal police are using this Thursday a small device attached to the bike handlebars of some of its patrol boats used to check if the motorists who circulated next to them have kept a reasonable distance.
The Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM) put into circulation the morning of the first of four of these electronic devices that it possesses during an operation conducted in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, in the west of the island of Montreal. These are C3FT ultrasonic detection devices.
According to the standards of the Société de l ‘assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), the SPVM judges that in an area where the maximum speed allowed is 50 kilometers per hour, an automobile that doubles a bicycle must respect a distance of at least one meter. In an area where the speed is higher, this minimum distance goes to one and a half meters.
The SPVM reports that offenders are liable to a fine of $ 313, including costs, and a loss of two demerit points under section 341 of the Highway Safety Code.
The SPVM has three more of these detection devices. They will be used by bike patrollers as of August 28 in different locations on the Island of Montreal.