Installation of 3 new Kali-Flash systems at crosswalks
Priority granted to pedestrians from the moment they indicate their intention to cross
SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Robert Grimaudo, accompanied by members of the municipal council, inaugurated one of the three new Kali-Flash type devices that will provide added safety at crosswalks on the Town’s busiest streets.
The mayor and consellors test the new Kali-Flash recently installed in the crossbar situated in front of the city hall.
These three new devices serve to complement the ones installed in 2017, which means Saint-Lazare now has a total of 6 Kali-Flash devices in key sectors of the town. The new systems are located at the intersection of Daniel / Des Cèdres / Saint-Angélique, at the corner of Bédard / Des Véroniques and in front of Town Hall at the corner of Saint Jean Baptiste and Sainte-Angélique.
These devices are essentially rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB) that complement the static signs used at crosswalks and help better indicate when a person is prepared to cross the road. The flashing lights easily attract the attention of drivers.
Pedestrians at crosswalks have priority over all other road users. In fact, since May 18, 2018—the date on which the road safety reform came into effect—pedestrians now have priority at crosswalks as soon as they show their intention to engage at this location.
Drivers and cyclists are obligated to yield to pedestrians. The Town invites all road users and pedestrians to demonstrate increased caution and vigilance at crosswalks by:
- observing traffic;
- ensuring that drivers and cyclists stop and respect priority;
- establishing visual contact with users before starting to cross;
- looking left, right and left again to assess the time required to cross safely.
 New Highway Safety Code Measures, Transports Québec: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/code-securite-routiere/Pages/csr.aspx