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March 2018 STEP and BEEP Initiatives
Posted Date: 3/5/2018

SELECTED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM (STEP)

Occupant Restraints

In March, the Selected Traffic Enforcement Program will concentrate on vehicle occupant restraints. Seatbelts increase you chance of survival in a collision by 50% (Alberta Transportation). As the driver, you are responsible to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 years are properly restrained in the vehicle. Drivers may receive a fine for each unrestrained passenger under the age of 16.

Proper use of a child safety seat or booster seat can reduce the likelihood of your child being injured or killed in a crash by up to 75% (Alberta Transportation). A child is safest in their car seat until the maximum weight or height limits stated by the manufacturer have been reached. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing a child safety seat and ensure the seat is being used correctly.

Once a child is at least two (2) years of age or reaches the maximum weight or height limit of their rear-facing car seat, as stated by the manufacturer, they can move into a forward-facing seat. Once a child reaches the maximum weight or height limit of their forward-facing car seat, they can move into a booster seat. Without a booster seat, a child is 3.5 times more likely to suffer a significant injury in a collision (Alberta Transportation).

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Provincial Traffic Safety Act outline regulations for seat belt use. The fine for not using a seatbelt or child safety seat is $155.00

BYLAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM (BEEP)

Sidewalk Clearing

The City is committed to Community Mobility. Snow and ice covered walkways significantly reduce mobility and create potentially dangerous situations for pedestrians.

Enforcement Services reminds property owners and occupants that snow and ice on sidewalks adjacent to their homes and buildings should be removed within twenty-four (24) hours following the most recent deposit of snow or ice. This snow and ice cannot be pushed onto the public street (with the exception of Downtown). Failure to remove snow or ice could result in a fine and removal costs.

If the public has any concerns or compliments regarding sidewalk clearing they are encouraged to contact Enforcement Services at 780-830-5790.