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

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For the month of April, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to motorcycle safety and unsafe vehicles and heavy trucks during the month of May.

798 traffic collisions, 634 injuries, and 12 fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2015 involving motorcycles.

Likewise, there have been 689 collisions involving unsafe vehicles. These collisions resulted in 242 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 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.