Ottawa police target speeders in June

The Ottawa CitizenMay 28, 2009Comments (11)

OTTAWA If you have a habit of speeding in construction zones, beware the month of June.
Ottawa police will be focusing on speeding in construction zones as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP. Each month since 2004, STEP has been profiling and enforcing two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities.
Along with construction zone traffic safety, impaired driving will also receive close attention in June. The city's Integrated Road Safety Program will be teaming with the CAA North & East Ontario to deliver additional R.I.D.E. checkpoints. In 2008, 373 impaired driving-related collisions occurred on Ottawa roads. These collisions resulted in seven deaths and 154 injuries, 17 of them serious. Police say 81 per cent of the impaired drivers are male and 34 per cent are between the ages of 16 and 25.
As for speeding in construction zones, provincial legislation allows for the doubling of fines for motorists when workers are present and Ottawa Police Service says it will take a zero tolerance approach. Between 2006 and 2008, 494 collisions occurred in construction zones in Ottawa resulting in 107 injuries, six of them serious. Two construction workers were injured on the job when motorists struck them.
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