STEP to focus on School Zone Safety and Cycling Safety during April

School zones and cycling
School zones and cycling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 3, 2017

Ottawa– The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on school zone safety and cycling safety during the month of April.

School Bus / School Zone Safety:

Between 2011 and 2015, there were 900 collisions resulting in 211 injuries involving school buses or occurring in school zones.

Cycling Safety

Between 2011 and 2015, there were 1519 collisions involving cyclists with 1291 injuries and 10 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