STEP to focus on distracted driving and speeding

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For the month of March, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to distracted driving and speeding.

26,860 traffic collisions, 5,761 injuries and 18 fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2015 due to drivers who were distracted on the road.

Likewise, there have been 15,850 collisions involving drivers who were speeding. These collisions resulted in 3,759 injuries and 54 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.