The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on distracted driving and speeding violations during the month of October.
Between 2010 and 2014, there were 25,565 collisions resulting from distracted driving. This culminated in 6,928 injuries and 18 fatalities over a four year span.
Similarly, there were 15,762 collisions due to speeding issues between 2010 and 2014 with 4,238 injuries and 74 fatalities.
These are two of the most dangerous and pressing transportation concerns in our communities today and sadly, both are easily preventable. Remember that checking you text messages or the sixty seconds you may shave off a commute from speeding can wait. Your safety and the safety of others cannot.
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.
To learn more about STEP, please click here.