Police forces will be concentrating on on cracking down on distracted drivers and on keeping cyclists safe on local roads in July.
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Ottawa and Gatineau police officers are focussing in July on cracking down on distracted drivers and on keeping cyclists safe on local roads where two have died in the past two months and there have been any number of close calls.There were 1,460 collisions involving cyclists with 1,281 injuries and eight fatalities between 2013 and 2017, police said.Meanwhile, there were 31,344 collisions involving distracted drivers resulting in 8,944 injuries and 28 fatalities.The selective traffic enforcement program is part of partnership between local police, the RCMP, OPP, SQ, military police, Ottawa firefighters and paramedics, Ottawa Public health and city transportation workers.Meanwhile, Ontario Provincial Police also noted they would be vigilant in enforcing speed limits over the Canada Day weekend, noting there were 64 collisions and three deaths in their territory last year.Good afternoon. Your traffic unit is out an about on bicycles this afternoon. 30 seconds pedalling on Laurier Ave and the first offender spotted with phone in hand while driving. Leave the phone alone #ltpa pic.twitter.com/nSa0qkxjhB— OPSTraffic – Leave The Phone Alone (@OPSTraffic) June 26, 2019ALSO IN THE NEWS:1310 News cancels Rick Gibbons ShowFire marshall probes death of 62-year-old man in camperLightning sparks three overnight fires