S.T.E.P. into Road Safety

2016-step-theme-engThe Ottawa Police Service is proud to be part of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program and is a leading partnership between the City of Ottawa, Fire Services, Paramedic Service, Public Health and Public Works Department.

Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) is implemented under the banner of Safer Roads Ottawa. Each month, two traffic safety priorities (themes) are highlighted for additional enforcement.

The Ottawa Police Traffic Enforcement Unit recently gained 18 new police officers to make our city’s roads safer for everyone. The addition of these officers is a significant component of the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa Program.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce collisions on Ottawa’s roads
  • Raise public awareness of road safety issues.
  • Integrate the work of City departments responsible for road safety.
  • Improve communication, cooperation and collaboration among road safety agencies.

The program is based on a “3E” approach: Engineering, Education and Enforcement.

  • Engineering to improve road safety through the use of improved techniques in designing traffic signs, signals and roads.
  • Education to help equip all road users with the necessary skills to travel safely on our roadways.
  • Enforcement to increase road users awareness of the law and to realize the results of failing to obey it.

For the month of February, please ensure to use additional caution when thinking about vehicle occupant restraints and take an extra moment to stop for red lights.

For more information, please visit the Ottawa Police Department website here.