Police focusing on pedestrian safety and construction zones this month

_ (press release) _ ** Ottawa ** – The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on pedestrian safety and construction zones during the month of June. ** Pedestrian Safety: ** Between 2010 and 2014, there were 1752 reportable collisions involving pedestrians resulting in 36 fatalities and 225 injuries. ** Construction Zones ** In Ottawa, between 2010 and 2014, 873 collisions occurred in construction zones resulting in 225 injuries, 1 of which was fatal.

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 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.

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.