Montrealers want to turn right (on reds)


A petition is circulating demanding the right for Montrealers to turn right on red traffic lights. A West-Island newspaper called The Suburban has posted a petition online that has already collected over 2,000 signatures. In an interview with La Presse, Suburban editor Mr. Wajsman has called the restriction “just an excuse to give fines.”

He continued: “Since 1984 [in Canada], I can’t name a law that favours personal liberty. Every law is coercive. It’s time to review the restrictions that touch our lives.” Mr. Wajsman is beginning with the tyranny that afflicts Montreal drivers who wish to turn right after yielding on a red light.

The authorization of right turns in Quebec in April 2003 outside Montreal has resulted in about 300 accidents per year and a total of six deaths. Only Montreal and New York have bans on the right red light turn.

Wajsman is not concerned about being a journalist advocate: “We have the responsibility to represent the most vulnerable.” It remains to be seen how many oppressed drivers rally to the cause.

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Montrealers want to turn right (on reds)

  1. Stop the red tape and go on Red or ….Waste

  2. Aren’t there big signs at all of the entrances to Montreal Island noting a ban on right turns on red? Say what you want, but the signage is better than at the entrances to New York (CIty) (which include many residential streets), where one may not be aware of the rule. I see no reason to rescind the rule though.

  3. I do it anyway. IF its safe to do so (and there’s no cops around).

  4. Nothing quite as fun as being on foot and getting cut off by a car turning right on the red… with a walking light on “walk”. The light is red, so I can turn right, -right-?

  5. That is a horrible idea… I lived in Montreal for two years (and loved it) but the only driving law anyone actually follows there is not turning right on a red. For driving straight through, red lights tend to be optional, as are driving in the correct lanes, going backwards down Sainte Catherine O. during rush hour, and/or parking in the middle of said street. Which means that the only time pedestrians manage to cross roads (without jaywalking or taking one’s life in one’s hands) is if the cars are actually stopped and waiting to turn at the red.
    Though, that being said, the number of times I saw pedestrians trying to cross in front of cars that had a flashing green made me wonder if they they deserved to cross the street at all…

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