Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) is targeting distracted driving and appropriate seat belt and child safety restraint use this month as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe.

Distracted driving:

Between 2008 and 2010, driver distraction was either fully or partially the cause of 6,129 traffic collisions in Ottawa.  The collisions resulted in nine deaths and 1,976 injuries (84 of them serious).

Seat belt/child safety restraint use:

Between 2006 and 2010, 26 people were killed, 50 suffered life-threatening injuries and another 202 were injured in Ottawa as a result of not wearing vehicle occupant restraints.  Twenty of those 26 fatalities were male.

Drivers need to make sure that they focus their full attention on safe driving and all occupants of a vehicle need to be using their seat belts or child safety restraints.

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.