Overnight between November 9–10, a man driving a farm tractor tried to hit the patrol vehicle of two Quebec traffic controllers.
“Our members too often find themselves in situations where their physical integrity is threatened. Malicious individuals confront our members and threaten their lives, knowing they are unarmed,” said Yvon Barrière, PSAC-Quebec Regional Executive Vice-President. “We’re asking Minister Guilbault to take immediate action before a tragedy occurs. It’s time for change, it’s time to start protecting the Quebec highway traffic constables.”
It was during a routine traffic stop in Chambly that the tractor driver, after having stopped at the traffic officers’ request, suddenly took off again, lifting the tractor shovel and driving towards the officers. Thankfully, the officers were able to avoid the giant vehicle coming towards them.
“This incident could’ve turned into a tragedy. Our members were courageous and were lucky to walk away unharmed,” said Éric Labonté, President of the Fraternité des constables du contrôle routier du Québec (FCCRQ). “Events such as this once again illustrate why Quebec traffic controllers should carry service weapons.”
After three more attempts to hit the car and its occupants, the crazed driver drove into a ditch and fled on foot. The Régie intermunicipale de police Richelieu-Saint-Laurent then arrested the individual, who will face numerous charges.