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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 March 2018 - Traffic Controls/Traffic Signs

    Traffic Controls

    Red Light: Section 144(18) Highway Traffic Act
    Every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a circular red indication and facing the indication shall stop his or her vehicle and shall not proceed until a green indication is shown.

    Disobey Lane Light- Section 144(10) Highway Traffic Act
    Every driver shall obey every traffic control signal that applies to the lane that he or she is in.

    Traffic Signs

    Stop Signs: Section 136(1) Highway Traffic Act
    Every driver or street car operator approaching a stop sign at an intersection,
    (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.

    Yield Right-of-Way Sign: Section138 (1) Highway Traffic Act
    The driver or operator of a vehicle or street car approaching a yield right-of-way sign shall slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions or shall stop if necessary as provided in clause 136 (1) (a) and shall yield the right of way to traffic in the intersection or approaching on the intersecting highway so closely that it constitutes an immediate hazard and having so yielded may proceed with caution.

    The fines involved in these offences range from $85.00 to $1,000.00 and demerit points depending on the infraction.

    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. Smiths Falls Police Officers will be enforcing these and all infractions of the Law including the Highway Traffic Act, keeping our roadways safe.

    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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