Ottawa’s new safer roads plan awaits Council approval on December 11th

"The third Road Safety Action Plan (RSAP) was announced by Mayor Jim Watson and Transportation Committee Chair, Stephen Blais. The plan will provide an investment of $31.5 million in safety measures and initiatives between 2020 and 2024 to improve safety for all users on Ottawa roads. The last plan put in place to cover 2012 to 2016 resulted in a 14 percent reduction in fatal and major injury collisions in Ottawa. This newly announced plan is aimed at continuing progress towards zero fatalities and major injuries on our roadways with a goal of a 20 percent reduction in the average annual rate of fatal and major injury collisions by 2024.

Mayor Watson announced, “making roads safe for all road users is a priority in Ottawa. While I am pleased that we have a fatal injury rate that ranks among the lowest in the world, even a single fatality is one too many. We will continue to work towards zero fatalities and major injuries in our city. This plan will direct our actions to get closer to that goal.”

“Everyone shares responsibility for safety on our roads; the City as the roadway providers, the Police who enforce the rules of the road, and even the users. Human life and health and the number one priority, so when we design and build roads, we will make sure that a small human error doesn’t result in death. We’ll supplement Police enforcement efforts with automated tools, but we also need to change the habits of high-risk users to make our roads safer.” Transport Chair Blais commented."

Click here to read the full article by Lesley McKay for the Stittsville Central.

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