August 2018 STEP - Focus on Distracted Driving
The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of August will focus on Distracted Driving. Distracted Driving continues to be a problem on Alberta roadways and is always at the forefront of MHPS’s traffic enforcement initiatives. Throughout the year, MHPS conducts strict enforcement of the distracted driving laws in an effort to reduce the frequency of distracted driving and ultimately make Medicine Hat’s roads safer for all users. This month we will be bolstering those efforts and taking the time to provide some public education on this issue. MHPS is always exploring new and innovative ways to catch distracted drivers as motorists attempt to conceal their behaviours, making it more difficult to enforce and more dangerous to the public. Regardless of MHPS’s efforts, in the end, it’s up to you, the motorist, to resist the urge of picking up the phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Statistics from Alberta Transportation indicate that distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers. Please put the phone down and focus on the road. Lives depend on it!
Fines for distracted driving are $287.00 and 3 demerits. Last year, MHPS charged 860 people with distracted driving.
Sgt. Clarke White
Medicine Hat Police Service
August 2018 BEEP - Focus on Outdoor Burning & Fire Pits
Throughout the month of August, the Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service will be focusing on fire pits and outdoor burning.
Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces shall meet the following requirements:
1. A minimum of 3 meters (10 feet) clearance shall be maintained from any buildings, property lines, overhead wires, trees or any combustible materials.
2. Installations shall have enclosed sides, a minimum height of 450mm (18 inches from ground level) and a maximum width of 900mm (36 inches).
3. Installations shall be made of bricks, concrete blocks, heavy gauge metal or other suitable non-combustible components.
4. A spark arrestor mesh screen of ½ inch expanded metal (or equivalent) to contain sparks shall be provided for over the fire.
5. Only clean fuel shall be used (clean, dry wood or charcoal).
6. Fires must be supervised at all times.
Refuse or waste materials, including leaves, shall not be burned as this will create dense smoke or offensive odors.
Permits for fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are issued by the Fire Department ph: 403-529-8282.
To report a bylaw offences please call our complaints line at 403-529-8481.
Supervisor Heather Trail
Peace Officer i/c,
Municipal Bylaw Enforcement