STEP to focus on Pedestrian Safety and Construction Zones During June

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For the month of June, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to pedestrian safety and construction zones during the month of June.

1709 traffic collisions, 1843 injuries, and 34 fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2015 involving pedestrians.

Likewise, there have been 1019 collisions involving construction zones. These collisions resulted in 214 injuries and 1 fatality. 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.