STEP focus for December on impaired driving and unsafe lane changes

For the month of December, the Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on impaired driving and unsafe lane changes.

There have been 1,462 reportable collisions due to impaired driving between 2013 and 2017. These accidents resulted in 621 injuries and 12 fatalities.

Four deaths and 693 injuries were the result of 6,126 collisions when drivers made unsafe lane changes between 2013 and 2017.

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), 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.

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.

If you suspect that someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or making erratic lane changes, please call 911 to report your concerns.


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