Ottawa Police to Target Motorists Running Stop Signs and Following Too Closely (Tailgating) in January, 2011

Update:

see source, Ottawa Police

(Ottawa) – The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) is ringing in the New Year with a crackdown on tailgaters and stop sign runners.

In 2009, tailgating caused 4,973 rear-end collisions – the most frequent type of collision accounting for one-third of Ottawa’s total collisions. These collisions resulted in one death and 1,373 injuries – 17 of them life-threatening.

Disobeying stop signs – including rolling stops – is also a serious issue on Ottawa roads. In 2009, 1,667 collisions at stop sign-controlled intersections resulted in one death and 462 injuries – 17 of them life-threatening.

Stop Sign Ticket = $110 Fine + 3 Points, Following Too Closely = $110 Fine + 4 Points
Stop Sign Ticket = $110 Fine + 3 Points, Following Too Closely = $110 Fine + 4 Points

Each month since 2004, STEP has been profiling and enforcing two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities. These initiatives support the City’s 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.

Ottawa residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The IRSP is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.

Stop at Through Highway

136. (1) Every driver or street car operator approaching a stop sign at an intersection,

(a) shall stop his or her vehicle or street car at a marked stop line or, if none, then immediately before entering the nearest crosswalk or, if none, then immediately before entering the intersection; and

(b) shall yield the right of way to traffic in the intersection or approaching the intersection on another highway so closely that to proceed would constitute an immediate hazard and, having so yielded the right of way, may proceed. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 136 (1).

Violation of section 136. (1) a or b of the Highway Traffic Act:

  • 136(1)(a) or 136(1)(b) = $85.00 Fine + $20.00 Victim Fine Surcharge + Court Fee $5.00 = Total Payable = $110.00
  • 136(1)(a) or 136(1)(b) in a Community Safety Zone = $150.00 Fine + $25.00 Victim Fine Surcharge + Court Fee $5.00 = Total Payable = $180.00
  • An accumulation of Three (3) Demerit Points on driver’s record with the Ministry of Transportation
  • Headway of Motor Vehicles, Generally

    158. (1) The driver of a motor vehicle or street car shall not follow another vehicle or street car more closely than is reasonable and prudent having due regard for the speed of the vehicle and the traffic on and the conditions of the highway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 158 (1).

    Headway for Commercial Motor Vehicles

    (2) The driver of a commercial motor vehicle when driving on a highway at a speed exceeding 60 kilometres per hour shall not follow within 60 metres of another motor vehicle, but this shall not be construed to prevent a commercial motor vehicle overtaking and passing another motor vehicle. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 158 (2).

    Violation of section 158. (1) or 158. (2) of the Highway Traffic Act:

  • 158 (1) or 158 (2) = $85.00 Fine + $20.00 Victim Fine Surcharge + Court Fee $5.00 = Total Payable = $110.00
  • 158 (1) or 158 (2) in a Community Safety Zone = $120.00 Fine + $25.00 Victim Fine Surcharge + Court Fee $5.00 = Total Payable = $150.00
  • An accumulation of Four (4) Demerit Points on driver’s record with the Ministry of Transportation
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