The data came from the Quebec public auto insurance body (Societé de l’assurance automobile de Quebec). The nice thing about driver misbehaviour (for a journalist) is that it tends to be well-documented, and the nice thing about public auto insurance (for a journalist) is that the data is FOIable. The maps themselves may not surprise people who have spent any time in Montreal:
According to a Global News investigation, Montreal drivers receive proportionally more citations for running a red light than anyone else in the province of Quebec.Montrealers have a reputation across Canada for being aggressive, dangerous drivers. Their fame has even spread internationally – in 2004, the US state department issued a travel advisory warning tourists about Montrealers’ habits of tailgating and changing lanes without a signal. It also expressed concern about Canadian drivers frequently running red lights.
Leslie noticed that the base geography (Quebec municipalities) reflects the Quebec side of the Quebec-Labrador boundary dispute, spilling over the conventional border of Labrador.