December STEP - Focus on Impaired DrivingThe Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of December will focus on impaired driving. With the holiday season upon us, it is important to reinforce the importance of planning for a safe ride home from your Christmas celebrations, if you have consumed alcohol and/or drugs. Throughout the holiday season, you can expect increased officer presence as check stops are conducted in an effort to promote safe roads.
As of November 30, 2018, the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) has laid 129 impaired driving charges and issued an additional 77 suspensions related to alcohol/drug related driving offences. In addition the MHPS have attended to 27 motor vehicle collisions involving alcohol/drugs. Alcohol impairment remains one of the main contributors of fatal collisions and the goal of the MHPS Traffic Safety Plan is to eliminate alcohol related collisions on city roads. This goal can only be reached through education, a zero-tolerance enforcement approached to impaired driving and cooperation from all motorists.Police are not limited to issuing suspensions for alcohol only, but also have the ability to issue suspensions for operating while under the influence of illicit or prescription drugs, fatigue and/or medical/physical disabilities that may affect a person’s driving. On December 18th, 2018 the Criminal Code of Canada impaired driving laws are changing and will provide police with more authority to investigate impaired driving. The new, stricter laws are aimed at eliminating impaired driving from Canada’s roads.
Alcohol and drugs are proven to adversely affect reaction times and perception, putting everyone on or near roadways at risk. Please do your part to ensure public safety by using alternative forms of transportation if you find yourself under the influence of an intoxicant, and MHPS will do their part in taking those who choose to driving while impaired off the city streets.
Sgt. Clarke White #322
Medicine Hat Police Service
December BEEP – Focus on Safe ParkingThe Bylaw Education and Enforcement Program (BEEP) for the month of December will focus on safe parking practices.
As people are anxiously trying to complete their Christmas shopping list we often find many parking lots filled with activity. People are rushed, road surface can be slick and available spots can be tougher to find.
The Public Roads Bylaw # 4346 is the bylaw to be referred to for the following common parking offences in the parking lots.
- Parking in a Fire Lane, even if you only going to be a minute and is prohibited, the fine could be $50. This space is for emergency personal only, at all times
- If you have a handicapped placard, please display it. Unless you are authorized to do so, parking in these spots could add up to a $200.00 fine.
- Loading zones are clearly marked and parking there for any other reason other than loading is prohibited and also carries a $50 fine.
For more information contact:
Supervisor Heather Trail
Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section
Medicine Hat Police Service