LAC-À-LA-TORTUE | Eight patrol snowmobile of the Sûreté du Québec have walked the trails of la Mauricie Saturday, to tighten security after two weeks marked by fatal accidents.
The operation of visibility was originally to take place in two weeks, but the sergeant-at-Jean-François Villemure, of the Sûreté du Québec, has accelerated after the death of two women due to impacts on trees.
“This is not just the issuance of statements of offence. What I ask is to talk with people, inform the public and strengthen the feeling of security “, says he.
Mélyssa Vincent, 40 years, Tr ois-Rivers, lost his life in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel on the 28th of January, while Mireille Ste-Marie, 56 years old , Saint-Michel-des-Saints, died on 4 February in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts. The causes of these accidents are still under investigation.
Saturday, the Sûreté du Québec, as well as the patrol of the Federation des Clubs de Motoneigistes du Québec (FCQM) had an eye on the big killers of the sport : the speed, the non-helmet-wearing, non-compliance of the signage as well as driving with impaired abilities.
The police officers were also present to relay where it is usually possible to take a drink.
“There was nothing hidden. We go out in the parking lot, it shows our snowmobiles, we turn on our lights. The offender who has impaired abilities and decides to take his snowmobile, he was warned, ” says the sergeant Villemure.