Ottawa Police to Conduct Seatbelt & Stop Sign Blitz During October

Update: see previous post – January 16, 2011 Man Challenges New Kansas Seat Belt Law, December 30, 2010 Ontario’s Seatbelt Law is 35 Years Old – January 1, 2011, December 1, 2010 – Huge Fine Increases begin Today

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A seatbelt blitz will be conducted during the month of October, 2011

The City’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on those who fail to buckle up or comply with child car seat requirements, as well as drivers who fail to obey stop signs in October.

In Ottawa, from 2006 to 2010, 26 people were killed, 50 suffered life-threatening injuries and another 202 were injured as a result of not wearing vehicle occupant restraints. Of the 26 people that were killed, 20 were male.

These statistics are surprising, given that Ontario was the first Province to implement mandatory seatbelt laws thirty-five (35) years ago.

At different times in the month, Ottawa Public Health nurses and the Ottawa Police will be setting up roadside spot-checks at locations in the city to ensure that motor vehicle occupants are wearing their seatbelts, and that child car seats and booster seats are suitable and properly installed.

The Minimum Fine for Seatbelt Violations as of December 1, 2010 pursuant to Bill 126 (Ontario Road Safety Act) is $240.00 – see Section 106 of the Highway Traffic Act, as well as two (2) demerit points that remain on the driving record for three (3) years with the Ministry of Transportation.
The Ottawa police will conduct the seatbelt/stop sign blitz during the month of October

Each month since 2004, STEP has been profiling and enforcing two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities. These initiatives support larger Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP) public awareness and enforcement campaigns.

Disobeying stop signs – including rolling stops – is also a serious issue on Ottawa roads. In 2010 alone, 1,618 collisions at stop sign-controlled intersections resulted in six deaths and 492 injuries – 23 of them life-threatening.

If motor vehicle driver's ignore stop signs or come to a rolling stop - they could find themselves, upon conviction, receiving three (3)demerit points for three (3) years on their driving record with the Ministry of Transportation and a fine of $110.00

 

The Minimum Fine for Seatbelt Violations as of December 1, 2010 pursuant to Bill 126 (Ontario Road Safety Act) is $240.00 – see Section 106 of the Highway Traffic Act, as well as two (2) demerit points that remain on the driving record for three (3) years with the Ministry of Transportation.

Each month since 2004, STEP has been profiling and enforcing two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities. These initiatives support larger Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP) public awareness and enforcement campaigns.

In 2003, two City departments – Public Works and Ottawa Public Health – and the Ottawa Police Service developed the IRSP to provide a comprehensive approach in promoting road safety.

 

 

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