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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 May 2018 - Aggressive Driving



    Stunt Driving Section 172(1) HTA

    Is defined as doing any of the following

    • Lifting any tire from the surface of the road (wheelies or stoppies)
    • Intentionally causing any tire to lose traction while turning (skids or drifting)
    • Driving with someone in the trunk
    • Driving 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit
    • Slowing down with the intention of slowing or interfering with another vehicle
    • Driving with the intention of driving as close as possible to a vehicle, pedestrian or fixed object.
    • Having the intention of causing a vehicle to spin (doing "donuts")


    This is a partial list and if convicted of Stunt Driving the driver could face a fine up to $10,000, have the vehicle seized for 7 days, lose your Driver License immediately for 7 days and lose 7 demerit points.

    You can also expect a dramatic insurance increase.



    Careless Driving Section 130 HTA

    Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition his or her license or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than two years.

    The driver will also lose 6 Demerit Points.



    Follow Too Close Section 158(1) HTA

    The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent having due regard for the speed of the vehicle and the traffic and the conditions of the highway.

    The penalty for this infraction is $110 and the driver will also receive 4 demerit points.



    This is only a partial listing of the regulations and laws. Please visit the Smiths Falls Police Website at www.sfps.ca for further information and links.

    The Smiths Falls Police Service will be looking for and enforcing these sections of the Highway Traffic and all rules of the Road.

    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 or your local police service.



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