The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of May will focus on motorcycle safety. It is that time of year when we begin to see an increased number of motorcycles on the roads, throughout the month of May, the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) will strive to increase public awareness about traffic laws, both while operating a motorcycles and also when sharing the road with them.
It is important that all users of the road understand the risks associated with motorcycles in order to minimize the risk to riders. It is also important that riders follow the traffic laws and ensure their bikes and safety equipment are in lawful working order at all times, to prevent collisions and protect themselves in case of a collision.Over the past ten years, the MHPS has responded to three fatality collisions and 24 serious injury collisions involving motorcycles within the city of Medicine Hat. In 2017 alone, the MHPS attended to 27 collisions involving motorcycles, with 15 of those involving injuries.
Earlier this year, the provincial government created a motorcycle helmet exemption allowing members of the Sikh community, who wear a turban, to ride a motorcycle without a protective helmet. The MHPS has already encountered individuals who are riding their motorcycles without a helmet in protest of this new law. The MHPS strongly discourages this type of activity and reminds motorists that riding a motorcycle without a helmet carries a $155 fine. More importantly, the potential for serious risk to operator’s safety is most concerning as head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle collisions.Follow the MHPS Traffic Unit on Twitter at @MHPSTraffic throughout the month of May to learn more about motorcycle safety.
Sgt. Clarke White
Medicine Hat Police Service
May 2018 – Focus on Street and Alley CleanlinessThroughout the month of May, the Bylaw Education and Enforcement Program (BEEP) will focus on street and alley cleanliness. City of Medicine Hat Municipal Works Department staff are currently working their way through the city, sweeping the streets and grading alleys. The Medicine Hat Police Service Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section will assist in these projects by proactively enforcing street cleanliness legislations. These campaigns are crucial to keeping our community a clean and desirable place to live and visit.
To assist there are several things that we can all do as a community to assist in getting the job done properly and keeping the streets, alleys and public property clean.
1. Remove vehicles from the street when the street is posted for street sweeping. Section 33 of the Public Roads Bylaw prohibits the parking a vehicle on a roadway where a movable sign has been placed for the purposes of street cleaning, snow removal or any other activity for which the sign has been placed there by the City of Medicine Hat.
2. Ensure that any waste in our vehicles is properly secured when it is transported. Both Bylaw 1805 and 4346 prohibit waste from being transported in a vehicle unless it is covered and properly secured to prevent it from coming off or out of the vehicle or trailer it is being transported in.
3. Don’t litter. Properly dispose and contain all garbage, including cigarette butts. While it may seem like a minor thing to throw out one butt, they all build up and cause an unsightly mess. Not only do carelessly discarded cigarette butts look bad, it only takes one to cause a destructive fire.
4. Remove Automated Waste Containers from the alley or street in a timely manner after collection. Containers are to be set out by 7:00 AM the day of collection and removed no later than 7:00 AM on following day. All containers must be removed completely from the alley or street and back onto your property.
Fines for failing to move your vehicle from the street start at $50 and fines for failing to cover your waste, failing to remove your waste container from the street or alley and littering start at $100.
For more information on this program, contact Superintendent Heather Trail, the Peace Officer in charge of Municipal Bylaw Enforcement, at 403-529-8436.