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Speeding and Agressive Driving

Updated: Oct 12, 2023



  • Between 2017 and 2021, aggressive driving behaviours of at least 209 drivers was a contributing factor in fatal and major injury collisions in Ottawa.

  • Aggressive driving can include many unsafe actions while behind the wheel. Those most often contributing to fatal and major injury collisions include: failure to yield the right of way, loss of control, speeding, disobeying traffic control, and improper turning or passing.

  • All drivers must respect these traffic laws. Practicing a few simple habits can help maintain a positive attitude while behind the wheel:

    • Plan ahead; allow yourself ample travel time to account for delays.

    • Obey the speed limit and traffic control devices at all times, even if you’re late to your destination.

    • Learn several alternate routes to your trip.

    • Maintain a calm attitude even if other drivers are not – escalation is not worth endangering lives.

  • Report all aggressive driving behaviour, including speeding, through the Ottawa Police Service online reporting system.

  • No matter how you choose to get around, please be respectful of all other road users. To learn more about the City’s Road Safety Action Plan, and the many initiatives underway to increase safety for all road users, visit Road Safety Action Plan | City of Ottawa

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