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Traffic enforcement to focus on red light running and stop sign violations in May

Traffic enforcement to focus on red light running and stop sign violations in May

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) is keeping a close eye in May on motorists who run red lights and those who don’t fully comply with stop signs as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe.

Red Light Running

Red light running is a serious issue on Ottawa roadways.  In 2010 alone, 764 reportable collisions occurred due to drivers failing to stop for red lights.  These collisions resulted in 372 injuries – 11 of them life-threatening.

Stop Sign Violations

In 2010, 1,618 collisions occurred at stop sign-controlled intersections resulting in six deaths and 492 injuries – 23 of them life-threatening.

These initiatives support the larger Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a leading 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.