National Safe Driving Week
As part of National Safe Driving Week, the Ottawa Police Service is reminding residents that there will be increased vigilance all through December, focusing on impaired drivers. OPS will be working with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Gatineau Police and the Military Police to conduct one of the largest enforcement campaigns targeting drivers who choose to drive impaired. Officers from the various agencies will be running a series of joint enforcement initiatives targeting office parties, holiday celebrations and local bars. Ottawa Police would like to remind residents that there is always an alternative to drinking and driving. Employers are encouraged to find alternatives for their employees to get home after office parties. "We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season safely," said Sgt. John Kiss, Impaired Driving Countermeasures Coordinator. "No matter what time of day, there are plenty of options available to make the right choice, for yourself and everyone else on the road." Drivers in need of a ride home can: * Take a taxi * Take public transit * Assign a designated driver * Use Operation Red Nose 613-820-NOSE (6673) These initiatives support the larger Safer Roads Ottawa program which is a leading partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. We can all do our part to keep our roads safe.