STEP to focus on following too close and stop sign violations in January

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, January 4, 2015

STEP to focus on following too close and stop sign violations in January    

Ottawa – The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on following too close and stop sign violations during the month of January. 

Following too close

Between 2007 and 2011, following too close was the cause of 24,487 traffic collisions, 6,872 injuries and eight fatalities. 

Stop Sign violations

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 3,383 collisions involving drivers who failed to stop at stop signs.  These collisions resulted in 998 injuries and six fatalities.  

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works 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.  

Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sureté du Québec, Department of National Defence’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region. 

Ottawa residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents. 

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For more information: 

Ottawa Police Media Relations

613-236-1222 ext. 5366

Gatineau Police Media Relations

819-243-2345 ext. 7666 

City of Ottawa Media Relations

613-580-2450