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January STEP and BEEP Initiatives
Posted Date: 1/5/2018

About 87% of collisions are attributable to driver error, which includes attitude and behaviour. In Alberta the most common driver errors resulting in fatal/injury collisions were: making a left turn across the path of an on-coming vehicle, committing a stop sign violation, disobeying a traffic signal, speeding, and following too closely (Alberta Transportation).

In Grande Prairie in 2016, 89% of collisions occurred at intersections. The highest risk intersections in the City in ranked order are:
• 100 Avenue and 116 Street
• 84 Avenue and 108 Street
• 116 Avenue and 100 Street
• 124 Avenue and 100 Street
• 132 Avenue and 100 Street

Tips for safe driving in intersections:
• Keep intersections clear so that other traffic may proceed if the light changes
• When vehicles arrive at a four way stop sign, allow the vehicle that arrived first to proceed first. If vehicles arrive simultaneously, right of way is given to the vehicle on the right, while left turning vehicles yield to approaching traffic. Just because one has the right of way does not mean it is safe to proceed through the intersection. Keep watching for pedestrians and oncoming traffic.
• Fines related to intersection safety range from $155 to $388
• Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light may result in a $388 fine and three demerits
• Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk (marked or unmarked) carries a fine of up to $776 plus four demerit points. 

BYLAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM (BEEP) – Off-Highway Vehicles within urban areas

Throughout the month of January, Enforcement Services will be focusing on the operation of Off-Highway Vehicles such as snowmobiles within urban areas of the City. Use of Off-Highway Vehicles on streets, boulevards, sidewalks, ditches, alleys, parkland and trails is prohibited. In order to take an Off-Highway Vehicle out of the City it must be loaded and transported to the desired location.

Enforcement Officers will be concentrating on the urban areas of the City to identify problem zones and travel routes. The fine for non-compliance is $250 and possible seizure of the Off-Highway Vehicle.