Attention all residents. Please be aware that the Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on cycling safety and red light running during the month of July.
Between 2010 and 2014, there were 1541 collisions involving cyclists with 1290 injuries and 16 fatalities. Likewise, there were 3186 collisions involving red light running resulting in 1478 injuries and 2 fatalities.
These are two very common forms of traffic dangers which can easily be avoided. Remember to be conscious at all times while on the road and take risk-aversion efforts wherever possible. A minute saved by running a red-light could cost either you or someone else their entire lives.
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.