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March 2019 STEP/BEEP Initiatives
Posted Date: 3/6/2019

SELECTED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM (STEP) - Occupant Restraints (Seat Belts)

In March, the Selected Traffic Enforcement Program will concentrate on vehicle occupant restraints.

The chance of surviving a collision increases dramatically when the occupants are wearing their seat belts. Any person who is 16-years or older is responsible for wearing their seat belt. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that a person under 16-years-old is wearing a seat belt or restrained in a properly adjusted car seat.

The fine for failing to wear a seat belt or use an occupant restrain is $155.

If you have a child in the vehicle that weighs 39.6 lbs (18 kg) or less, or the child is under 6-years-old, a complete car seat is required. Once a child is two-years or older, or reaches the maximum weight or height limit for the rear-facing car seat, the manufacturer may recommend that they transition to a forward-facing seat. Once a child reaches the maximum weight or height limit of their forward-facing car seat, they can transition into a booster seat. Studies have indicated that in a collision using a booster seat reduces the chance of serious injury by 3.5 times.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Provincial Traffic Safety Act outline regulations for occupant restraint use and occupant restrain systems.

BYLAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM (BEEP) - Sidewalk Clearing

The City is committed to keeping our communities safe and accessible for all residents. During winter months, snow and ice covered walkways significantly reduce mobility and create potentially dangerous situations for pedestrians and those using mobility aids.

If the public has concerns regarding sidewalk clearing, they are encouraged to contact enforcement services at 780-830-5790.

Enforcement Services reminds property owners and occupants that snow and ice on sidewalks adjacent to their homes and buildings should be removed within 24-hours following the most recent snowfall, failure to remove snow or ice may result in a fine.