MONTREAL -- Highway patrols in southern Quebec led to nearly 400 tickets on Thursday afternoon, while police suspended the licences of two drivers for speeding faster than 170 kilometres per hour.

Quebec provincial police carried out an operation on Jean-Lesage Highway (Highway 20) between Longueuil and Rimouski. The goal, they said, was to target the main causes of major collisions, particularly around construction zones.

Police issued 397 infractions:

  • 352 for excessive speeding
  • 6 for using a cellphone while driving
  • 11 for not wearing a seatbelt
  • 28 other infractions

Police also wanted to speak to drivers about avoiding inter-regional travel, reminding people who live in orange COVID-19 alert zones not to drive to different parts of the province.