The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on impaired driving and construction zone safety during the month of June.
Between 2007 and 2011, there were 1,818 impaired driving-related collisions in Ottawa with 34 fatalities, 764 injuries with 97 of those being considered serious. Eighty percent of the impaired drivers were male and 30 percent were between the ages of 16 and 24.
In Ottawa, between 2007 and 2011, 981 collisions occurred in construction zones resulting in 212 injuries, nine of which were serious. Four construction workers were actually struck and injured on the job by a motorist.
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), Sûreté 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.
For more information:
Ottawa Police Media Relations
613-236-1222 ext. 5366
Gatineau Police Media Relations
819-243-2345 ext. 7666
City of Ottawa Media Relations
Ottawa Police Service/Service de police d'Ottawa