Ottawa – The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on school bus/school zone safety and vehicle occupant restraint during the month of September.
School Bus / School Zone Safety:
Between 2013 and 2017, there were 858 collisions resulting in 213 injuries involving school buses or occurring in school zones. There were no fatalities.
Vehicle Occupant Restraint:
Between 2013 and 2017, there were 207 collisions where the lack of or improper use of vehicle occupant restraints resulted in 15 fatalities and 325 injuries.
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 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.