For the month of May, 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.
734 traffic collisions, 603 injuries, and 17 fatalities occurred between 2012 and 2016 in school zones or involving school busses.
Likewise, there have been 627 collisions involving unsafe vehicles. These collisions resulted in 182 injuries and 4 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.