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Drivers in transit lanes target of traffic crackdown

Police are cracking down on red light runners and motorists who drive illegally in reserved transit lanes this month.

Police are cracking down on red light runners and motorists who drive illegally in reserved transit lanes this month.

In 2008, motorists' improper use of reserved transit lanes caused 33 collisions and three injuries. The fine for this infraction is $150.

Police said red light running is also a serious issue on Ottawa roads. In 2008, 833 reportable collisions occurred on Ottawa roads due to drivers failing to stop at red lights. These collisions resulted in four deaths and 375 injuries — 15 of them life-threatening.

Each month since 2004, the city’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program has been profiling and enforcing two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities.

 
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