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  • S.T.E.P. - Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program


    Smiths Falls Police utilize the Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) as part of our ongoing commitment to improve road safety.

    STEP works by having our officers focus enforcement on different areas of concern each month regarding drivers, vehicles and traffic. The subject of enforcement is based on problems identified through collisions, officer observations and citizen concerns.

    STEP can be an effective tool in correcting driver errors, addressing unsafe vehicles and improving traffic. Citizens are encouraged to contact our service if they have concerns over specific traffic related issues they would like to see as a focus of STEP.

    The ultimate goal of STEP is to make our roads safer for everyone in our community.


    STEP for September 2018 - School Buses and school zones



    The return to school brings out schools buses in the Town of Smiths Falls. Section 175 of the Highway Traffic Act sets out the duties of ALL drivers on the road in relation to school busses.



    s.175 (11) Every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.

    s.175 (12) Every driver or street car operator on a highway, when approaching from the rear a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop at least twenty metres before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.

    The penalty for the first offence is a fine of not less than $400 but not more than $2000. Each subsequent offence is a fine of no less than $1000 and up to 6 months in jail.

    Officers will also be enforcing speed limits around school buses and school zones.And remember where school are in a desigated Community Safety zone, and most are, the fines are doubled

    Finally, as of September 1st, 2018, the Province of Ontario introduced new offence of Careless Driving causing bodily harm or death. Section 130 reads as follows:

    (3) Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway and who thereby causes bodily harm or death to any person.

    Penalty

    (4) On conviction under subsection (3), a person is liable to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years, or to both, and in addition his or her driver’s licence or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than five years.



    The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of September is School bus and school zone enforcement.

    The Smiths Falls Police Service will be looking for and enforcing these sections of the Highway Traffic Act related to Distracted Driving.

    If you would like to report any of these infractions please call the Smiths Falls Police Service at 613-283-0357 or for an emergency 911.



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