STEP to focus on motorcycle safety and unsafe vehicles and heavy trucks during May

The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on motorcycle safety and unsafe vehicles and heavy trucks during the month of May.

Motorcycle Safety

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 795 collisions involving motorcycles resulting in 604 injuries and 13 fatalities.

Unsafe vehicles and heavy trucks

Between 2010 and 2014, 689 reportable collisions on Ottawa roadways involved unsafe vehicles resulting in 225 injuries; 17 serious injuries and 6 fatalities.  Causes of these collisions included defective brakes, steering, tires, lights, engine controls, trailer hitches, suspension, as well as obscured vision.

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sureté du Québec, Department of National Defence’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region.

Ottawa residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.

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