For the month of January, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to drivers who follow too close or fail to stop fully at stop signs.
Approximately 13,823 traffic collisions, 3,179 injuries and 2 fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2015 as a result of following vehicles too closely.
Likewise, there were 3,172 collisions involving drivers who failed to stop at stop signs. These collisions resulted in 1002 injuries and 6 fatalities.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program helps to raise awareness of easily preventable traffic violations to help to keep our roads safe.
It operates in coordination with the Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services 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 Safer Roads Ottawa and the services they provide, please visit https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/Safer-Roads-Ottawa.asp