The OPS STEP focusing on unsafe vehicles, heavy trucks, and cycling safety in April

Spring has arrived, and Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo yet — but the Ottawa Police Service has. With the help of the Gatineau Police Service, the Ottawa Police Service are keeping the streets safe with the help of their Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), which will focus on unsafe vehicles, heavy trucks, and cycling safety in April.

Unsafe Vehicles and Heavy Trucks:
Between 2013 and 2017, there were 4,062 collisions involving unsafe vehicles resulting in 722 injuries and 18 fatalities.

Cycling Safety:
Between 2013 and 2017, there were 1,460 collisions involving cyclists with 1,281 injuries and 8 fatalities.

The Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health, the Transportation Services Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are all working together — through the Safer Roads Ottawa Program — to keep and improve the road safety, and prevent and eliminate road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa.

Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program is the Sureté du Québec, the Department of National Defense’s Military Police, and the Gatineau Police Service.

The Ottawa community has identified traffic safety as a top priority, and the Safer Roads Ottawa Program and STEP are working to keep the roads safer for Stittsville and Ottawa residents.

For more information, contact the Ottawa Police Media Relations (613-236-1222 ext. 5366) or the Gatineau Police Media Relations (819-243-2345 ext. 7666).


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