STEP targeting tailgaiting and pedestrian safety

Ottawa police have targeted tailgating and pedestrian safety as thefocuses of its Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) next month.

 

Ottawa police have targeted tailgating and pedestrian safety as the focuses of its Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) next month.

 

In 2008, one-third of the 30 traffic fatalities in Ottawa involved pedestrians.

 

In addition, 333 other pedestrians were injured in traffic collisions. This initiative is part of a larger summer-long pedestrian safety public awareness and enforcement campaign called Walk Like Your Life Depends On It.

 

In 2008, tailgating caused 4,808 rear-end collisions — the most frequent type of collision in Ottawa accounting for nearly one-third of the city's total collisions. These collisions resulted in one death and 1,449 injuries — 15 of them life-threatening.

In 2003, two city departments — Public Works and Ottawa Public Health — in conjunction with Ottawa police, developed the Integrated Road Safety Program with a goal of reducing traffic fatalities or serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2010.

 
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