STEP to focus on distracted driving and unsafe lane changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016  

Ottawa – The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)  will focus on distracted driving and unsafe lane changes during the month of March.

Distracted Driving:

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 25,565 collisions resulting in 6,928 injuries and 18 fatalities.

Speeding:

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 15,762 collisions resulting in 4,238 injuries and 74 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