In 2008, the SAAQ banned the use of hand-held cell phone while driving, as well as introduced measures to deter excessive speeding, impaired driving and to improve safety when driving a moped or motorized scooter .
- Everyone must wear his/her own seatbelt.
- Children under the age of 13 should not sit in the front seat because they can be seriously injured if the airbag deploys.
- Respect traffic lights, stop signs and do not exceed the speed limit.
- Slow down in school zones, near parks, and in residential areas.
- Use extra caution when driving in bad weather.
- Always be extra careful when driving past parked cars; children can suddenly run out between the cars.
- Never leave your child alone in a car: In the summer, the temperature in your car can rise quickly causing heat exhaustion and even death.
- Never leave a child in a car while the motor is running: In the winter, the exhaust pipe can become blocked by snow, and the idling can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Bring your vehicle to a full stop when a school bus’ lights are flashing and the stop sign is displayed. Not doing so is a serious offence resulting in a fine and demerit points.
- Having a cellular phone on hand is recommended for emergency situations. Do not use your cellular phone while driving.
- It is a good idea to have a car safety kit, including adhesive bandages, water, a non-perishable snack, a flashlight and a blanket.
- Be patient with pedestrians crossing the street.
- Never drink and drive!
Injury Prevention: Road Safety
- Children younger than 9 years old should not cross the street alone.
- Only cross the street at traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian walkways.
- Always cross in front of a bus, never behind, and make eye contact with the driver.
- When walking with your child, make sure that you walk on the outside of the sidewalk and your child on the inside. Always hold your child’s hand.
- Parents, caregivers and teachers should teach road safety rules and practice them.
Teach your child to:
- Stop before stepping onto the road, look all ways before crossing (left, right, then left again) and listen for vehicles.
- Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that you are visible to them.
- Follow the crossing guard’s instructions when crossing the street.
- Be on the lookout for cars at driveway entrances, street corners, and alleys.
- Never cross between parked cars.
- Never jaywalk.
- Walk facing oncoming traffic and to never run into the road.
School bus safety
It is important to:
- Stand away from traffic when waiting for the bus.
- Stay in your seat, keep your head and arms inside the bus, and keep the aisle clear when the bus is moving.
- Follow the bus driver’s instructions at all times.
- Wait until the bus has come to a full stop and the doors have opened before standing up and getting off the bus.
- Take 10 big steps ahead of the bus before crossing the street after getting off the bus.
- Always cross in front of the bus, away from the danger zone so you can make eye contact with the driver.
- Wait for a signal from the driver and look both ways before crossing.
Last updated: July 2013, January 2016