Dangerous driving can cause serious accidents, injuries and death. If you see it happen in your neighbourhood, call the police.

Impaired driving

Impaired driving is an ongoing problem. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimates that three to four people in Canada are killed each day in accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you witness an impaired driver on the road (or getting behind the wheel), call 9-1-1.

The recreational use of cannabis became legal in October 2018. According to MADD, cannabis can reduce your attention span, slow your reaction time, and alter your perception of time and distance. The Ottawa Police Service has trained Drug Recognition Experts and Standardized Field Sobriety Test officers who will detect impairment by alcohol, prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Street racing

The consequences for street racing can be severe. Drivers who street race, or drive more than 50 km/h above the speed limit, will face

  • an immediate 7-day license suspension
  • a 7-day vehicle impoundment

If convicted, offenders will also face

  • a minimum fine between $2,000 and $10,000
  • a jail term up to 6 months
  • license suspension (up to two years for a first conviction and 10 years for a second)

Read the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Safe Driving Practices

Safer Roads Ottawa Program

The City of Ottawa’s Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a partnership between Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Police Service, Public Works and community road safety partners. The groups work together to

  • increase public awareness
  • promote safe behaviours on the road
  • create road safety programs
  • implement enforcement initiatives

For more information