On the road during your vacation, go easy on the throttle!

July 15, 2014

The CCQ joins forces with the SQ in the framework of its annual road safety awareness campaign

The annual summer vacations in the construction industry are fast approaching. Synonymous of rest and relaxation, this time of the year is marked by a significant increase in the number of vehicles on the roads of Québec. This phenomenon also means a greater risk of collisions and other road incidents. In order to encourage the whole of the members of the industry to be cautious and to adopt a safe conduct behind the wheel, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) is proud to join forces with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) in the framework of its annual road safety campaign. Organized under the banner “Sur la route des vacances, mettez la pédale douce!,” this campaign is designed to sensitise drivers to the importance of respecting the speed limits.

“Every year, more than 80% of the workers and employers in the industry, along with their loved ones, are on holiday during the construction vacations,” states Audrey Murray, CCQ’ Vice-President, Customer Services and Development. “Several of them decide to spend some time outside their home and thus join the great number of Quebeckers who travel the roads during this summer period. For this reason, and because we wish to see them all safe back to work after the holidays, we agreed to join forces with the Sûreté du Québec in the framework of this campaign.”

“We believe that a quarter of the province’s active workers take their holidays during this period,” stresses Capt Paul Leduc, of the Sûreté du Québec’s Direction de la sécurité routière et récréotouristique. “This partnership will allow to directly join the industry’s approximately 165,000 workers and 25,000 employers by using the CCQ’s various information media. The more we are to talk about it, the greater the impact of our message.”

This year, the construction industry’s vacation period will stretch from July 20 to August 2. Have a great vacation!



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