Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Pedestrian Safety
Drivers are reminded to reduce their speed when approaching busy intersections as pedestrians may not be visible and their intent to cross may not be immediately noticed.
Seasonal changes in daylight during October and November and weather conditions can also make seeing pedestrians difficult.
In Alberta, pedestrians have the right of way at both marked and unmarked crosswalks. The fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, or passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk is $776 and it carries four demerit points.
Pedestrian safety tips:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Always walk on the sidewalk; if there are no sidewalks walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
- Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips when walking in dark or low-light conditions.
- Cross safely at corners and crosswalks, preferably at intersections with traffic lights.
- Stop at the curb to show drivers you intend to cross the road; hold your arm straight out at right angles to your body pointing across the road as a legal sign to motorists that you wish to cross the road.
- Look left, right and left again before proceeding to cross the road; cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and make eye contact with drivers in each lane that you cross to ensure you are seen.
- Continue crossing the street if the light changes to ‘don't walk’ while you are in the crosswalk.
- Watch for traffic turning at intersections or entering and leaving driveways.
Motorist safety tips:
- Scan farther down the road and obey posted speed limits. Always be prepared to slow down or stop.
- Avoid loud music and other distractions when driving.
- Use caution when approaching intersections or mid-block crosswalks. Allow pedestrians to cross the road before proceeding.
- Be cautious in parking lots or when backing out of a parking stall or driveway.
- Slow down around parked or stopped vehicles as they may hide a pedestrian who is crossing the road, particularly children who may dash out into the street.
- Stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school zones; the speed limit for school and playground zones in urban and rural areas is 30 km/h unless otherwise posted.
- Watch for the school safety patrol wearing orange vests, and stop as directed. School safety patrollers play a vital role in directing children safely across the street.
Bylaw Enforcement Education Program (BEEP) Taxi Standards
Ensuring minimum vehicle standards in taxis/limousines is a responsibility of Enforcement Services.
For the month of October the Bylaw Enforcement Education Program (BEEP) will see license inspectors and Peace Officers performing vehicle safety inspections to ensure minimum standards required for taxis/limousines are either met or exceeded.
Taxis form an important part of our community’s transportation network and Taxi inspections are performed on each licensed vehicle at least twice a year in order to ensure these vehicles remain safe.
If the public has any concerns or compliments regarding at taxi or chauffeur, they are encouraged to note the taxi unit number which is available on the sides and rear of each vehicle and contact Enforcement Services at 780-538-0300.