Safer Roads Ottawa

Police Officers conducting the RIDE program.

Child in a car seat.

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The Ottawa Police Service is proud to be part of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program and is a leading partnership between the City of Ottawa, Fire Services, Paramedic Service, Public Health and Public Works Department.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce collisions on Ottawa's roads

    Members of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program standing next to a traffic sign.

  • Raise public awareness of road safety issues.
  • Integrate the work of City departments responsible for road safety.
  • Improve communication, cooperation and collaboration among road safety agencies.

The program is based on a "4E" approach: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Response.

It also relies on the assistance of other City departments and road safety agencies, in addition to the work done by its external road safety partners.

Ottawa's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program ( STEP )

STEP is implemented under the banner of Safer Roads Ottawa.  Each month, two traffic safety priorities (themes) are highlighted for additional enforcement.   In terms of timing of specific themes, consideration is given to the following:

  • Annual national / provincial campaigns
  • Seasonal road safety topics  (e.g.. impaired driving in December and school bus / school zone traffic safety in September and March)
  • Dates of Safer Roads Ottawa campaigns and initiatives

2016 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

STEP Themes 2016

2016 Selective Traffic Enforcement Themes Program by Month :

Month

Theme #1

Theme #2

January

Follow too Close

Stop Sign Violation

February

Vehicle Occupant Restraints (includes child car seats)

Red Light Running

March

Distracted Driving

Speeding

April

School Bus/ School Zone Safety

Cycling Safety

May

Motorcycle Safety

Unsafe Vehicles and Heavy Trucks

June

Pedestrian Safety

Construction Zones

July

Cycling Safety

Red Light Running

August

Impaired Driving

Roundabouts

September

School Bus/School Zone Safety

Vehicle Occupant Restraints (includes child car seats)

October

Distracted Driving

Speeding

November

Red Light Running

Stop Sign Violations

December

Impaired Driving

Unsafe Lane Changes