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Mayor Jim Watson reveals four year plan for safer roads and communities

Watson plans to hire more officers and paramedics to help reduce aggressive driving and increase response time.
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson speaks to the media at an announcement regarding the Lebreton Flats development, January 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

Mayor Jim Watson has announced his second campaign platform focusing on strengthening community safety and road safety over the next four years.

Watson plans to hire 75 new police officers, including 15 new officers that would be dedicated to traffic and enforcing speeding violations, 56 additional paramedics to improve response time, and increase funding from $40,000 to $50,000 annually in each ward for traffic calming measures.
Other actions include introducing new safety technologies like photo-radar, double fines in high-risk school zones, add 20 new red light cameras, and fund an additional 40 crossing guards; an additional investment of $1.2 million dollars.

Listen to Mayor Jim Watson on 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show:

This plan comes to light after officers handed out 540 tickets during it's enforcement campaign earlier this month.

Of those infractions, three people were charged with stunt driving, 59 for distracted driving and 358 who were caught speeding in school zones.

"Earlier this month, as children returned to school, the Ottawa Police undertook an enforcement blitz in school zones that clearly showed that we still have a lot of work to do to make our residential streets safer for our residents, families and their children," said Watson. "Although we've made progress, we have to take an even more aggressive approach to make community safety a daily priority for each and every resident of Ottawa."

Election day is Monday, October 22nd.


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