Traffic and Road Safety Statistics

Criminal Code of Canada Traffic Offences in the City of Ottawa remained stable in 2018. Operation while impaired and low blood drug concentration violations accounted for nearly 75 percent of all Criminal Code Traffic Offences (+7%). Of the 525 impaired driving charges, 496 were alcohol impaired charges, 27 were drug impaired charges, and two charges involved both alcohol and drugs.

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Provincial Offences Act (Part I) tickets are issued under multiple statutes. Provincial Offence Notices (PON) categories include moving, document, equipment and parking violations. Moving violations generally refer to offences that occur while a vehicle is in motion, including failing to yield right-of-way or failing to stop at a traffic signal. Document violations refer to “paper violations” such as offences relating to insurance, licenses and permits. Equipment violations are related to vehicle maintenance and the use of safety equipment such as seatbelts, and the use of hand held devices.

In 2018, approximately 53,000 traffic-related Provincial Offences Act (Part I) tickets were issued, representing a 14 percent decrease from 2017. Approximately 47 percent of the tickets issued in 2018 were moving violations.

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Overall motor vehicle collisions (MVC) increased by one percent to 16,163 in 2018. Property damage collisions accounted for 84 percent of all MVC investigated by the OPS. There were 2,573 collisions causing injuries and 24 fatal collisions, two fewer fatal collisions than in 2017. As a result of the fatal collisions, there were 24 persons killed in Ottawa, resulting in five fewer fatalities than in 2017. There were seven fewer drivers killed and no deaths involving cyclists. The number of fatalities involving passengers remained static at four; whereas there were seven fatalities involving pedestrians, two more compared to 2017.

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In 2018, new distracted driving legislation was announced to help curb distracted driving and keep Ontario roads safer. The new legislation came into effect on January 1st 2019.

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