September a deadly month on Ottawa roads

OTTAWA — Four road fatalities and 70 impaired driving charges in September have the Ottawa police reminding motorists to use common sense.

If you are heading outside this weekend, whether it is to walk, run, bike, scooter or go for a drive, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) reminds you to be aware of your surroundings and follow all rules of the road.

“Since May 24 there have been 16 fatalities on our roads, four of which have occurred in September alone,” Sgt. Craig Roberts said. “Let’s work together to keep our roads safe. Be aware of your surroundings, respect traffic lights and speed limits and drive sober.”

Since Sept. 1, 70 people have been charged with impaired driving offences by drugs and/or alcohol and more than 13 drivers have had their driving privileges suspended for having alcohol in their body but not yet above the legal limit (warn range).

“We have to work together to stop these worrisome statistics,” Staff Sgt. Marc-Andre Sheehy, of the Traffic Services Unit, said. “As a community, we can and must do better. Reporting dangerous and impaired drivers to police is where everyone can play a role in ensuring our children, as well as adults and seniors remain safe on our roads.”

This weekend and in the weeks ahead OPS Traffic Services will focus on Impaired Operation and stop signals, such as stop signs and traffic lights.

“Whatever you do, plan your travels to be safe on the roads.  If you decide to consume alcohol or use cannabis, plan a safe way home,” Sgt. Troy Froats, Impaired Countermeasures with the Traffic Services Unit, said. “We have highly trained officers skilled in recognizing drug impairment. Don’t drive impaired, because it will cost you.”

You can consult the city’s website for information on traffic disruptions due to construction. Please slow down and drive safely when approaching roadwork sites and workers.