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.
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
(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).
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).