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Enforcing the rules of the road is a priority for the Ottawa Police Service

Issues related to road safety have been recognized as important at the international, national, provincial and municipal levels. This has increased the need for:

  • cooperation among road safety agencies in pursuit of common objectives;
  • coordination of effort to achieve those objectives; and
  • developing lines of communication, measurement tools and reporting mechanisms to help assess effectiveness and identify emerging road safety trends.

The Ottawa Police is proud to be part of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program.

Quick Facts:

  • Ottawa's roads are already among the safest in Canada with approximately one million drivers in the City of Ottawa daily.
  • Approximately 95% of drivers do not comply with all the rules of the road.
  • There are about 700 Highway Traffic Act laws (i.e. speeding, dangerous driving) and roughly 300 by-laws (i.e. prohibited turns from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.).
  • Out of the one million drivers that drive in the City of Ottawa daily, many adults and seniors in sedans, minivans and sport utility vehicles are speeding, which sends a message to youth in those cars that speeding, and other dangerous driving habits, are acceptable. Parents are their children's first driving instructor(s) - use those first sixteen years as an opportunity to teach our youth the rules of the road and how to stay safe on our streets and highways.
  • Since 2004, the Traffic Enforcement Unit gained 18 new police officers to make our city's roads safer for everyone.

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