For the month of October, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) in conjunction with Gatineau Police and Safer Roads Ottawa, under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), are focusing on two traffic areas that have been identified as top priorities — distracted driving and speeding.

Between 2013 and 2017, there have been 31,344 collisions resulting in 8,944 injuries and 28 fatalities from distracted driving occurrences. During the same time span, speeding has caused 15,025 collisions resulting in 4,101 injuries and 68 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 Transportation Services 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 this month-long operation for the Safer Roads Ottawa initiative 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.

Drive smart and stay safe!

Source: Stittsville Central