Monthly Enforcement

July 2017 STEP – Young Drivers & Distracted Drivers

Throughout the month of July the Medicine Hat Police Service will be focusing on Young Drivers and Distracted Drivers as part of the province wide Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).  Vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of young people in Alberta.  Age, inexperience, distraction and peer pressure are significant factors in vehicle-related injuries and death during the teen years.  Crash rates for young drivers are highest when there are teen passengers in the vehicle and when driving at night.  One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first year of driving.

Parents play a vital role in teaching their teens to drive.  Parents of teen drivers should set a good example behind the wheel, and set specific rules for their teen driver and stick to them.  Parents can also enroll their teen in driver education, and most importantly, help your teen practice driving. 

Did you know? 

·  A Learner driver (class 7 operator’s licence) cannot operate a motor vehicle between midnight and 5:00am.  They are also prohibited from operating a motor cycle or moped during night time (from 1 hour after sunset and ending one hour before the following sunrise).

·  Probationary and Learner drivers (those holding a Graduated Driver’s Licence) cannot operate a motor vehicle if there are fewer seat belts than there are passengers.

·  Distracted Driving includes holding your phone in your hand while on speakerphone.  Your phone must remain out of your hands at all times while operating a motor vehicle.

For more information contact:
Acting Sgt. Brent Bohrn
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471

July BEEP – Focus on Property Standards

The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service will be focusing on property standards for the month of July 2017.

The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section would like to remind residents of their responsibilities as tenants and property owners.

Unsightly Property is property that, in the opinion of a Bylaw Enforcement Officer, is detrimental to the surrounding area because of its unsightly condition.

When determining whether property is unsightly the following factors are considered:

·  Uncut grass and weeds.

·  Vegetation that interferes with the use or visibility of street signage, sidewalks, road clearance, municipal works or public utilities.

·  Wrecked or dismantled vehicles including vehicles that are inoperable and unregistered.

·  Storage or accumulation of garbage, litter refuse, dilapidated furniture or appliances, machinery or machinery parts or similar items.

·  Specific or general lack of repair or maintenance of the property.

·  Location, zoning, use and visibility of the property.

A Bylaw Officer may issue a written Direction to the occupant and owner or an Order to the property owner to improve the appearance of the property in a specified way in a specified time period.  Failing to comply with a direction or order could result in fines of $250 for a first offence and $500 for each subsequent offence, and the City may cause the property to be cleaned up and bill the owner for the costs of the clean up.

Media Contact:
Heather Trail
Municipal Bylaw Section
Ph: 403-5298436