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November 2017 STEP – Occupant Restraints

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program for the month of November will focus on the proper use of occupant restraints.  Throughout the month, police will conduct check stops in various locations targeting not only seat belt use, but also checking child occupant restraints to ensure they are properly installed in the vehicle and that the child is in the appropriate seat / position. 

Infants under 1 year of age and under 22lbs (10kg) should remain in a rear facing seat.  Once a child is over 1 year old, is at least 22 lbs (10kg) and can get themselves from a seated to a standing position without any type of assistance they can be turned forward facing.  Forward facing child safety seats normally have a 5 point harness and are attached to the back seat via a seatbelt or by using the vehicle’s LATCH system. 

Information on notices and recalls of child safety seats can be found at:

  http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/safedrivers/childsafety/or by calling Transport Canada toll free at  1-800-333-0371

Once a child weighs 40lbs (18kg) and is 40” tall, they have outgrown a child safety seat and move to a booster seat. All children under 9 years of age who weigh less than 80 lb (36 kg) or are under 4'9" (145 cm) should remain in a booster seat to help position the seat belt properly on the child’s body. A child is four times more likely to suffer a head injury in a crash when using just an adult seat belt than when buckled in a booster seat. 

A child is ready to move to a seat belt when he/she can:

• Sit with the lap portion of the belt low across the hips

• Sit with the shoulder part of the belt crossing between the neck and arm

• Sit with his knees bent comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat

• Sit with his back against the back of the vehicle seat without slouching AND

• Remain in this position for the whole trip

Unbelted occupants are one of the leading causes of death and serious injury in motor vehicle collisions.

The Medicine Hat Police Service Traffic Unit would like to remind all drivers that they are required to wear their seatbelts at all times, and that they must be worn properly.  Failure to do so can result in a $155 fine.

For more information contact:

Sgt Clarke White
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471

November 2017 BEEP - Focus on Smoke Free Vehicles

The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service reminds everyone the Smoke Free Vehicles for Minors Bylaw #4053 became law in the City of Medicine Hat September 1 2011.

Section 3 bylaw states:  No person shall Smoke in a Vehicle while another person who is a Minor is present in the Vehicle, regardless of whether or not a window, sunroof, car top, door or other feature of the Vehicle is open, or whether the Vehicle is moving or stationary.

Minor is defined in the bylaw as any person under the age of 16 years of age.  The specified penalty for the first offence under the bylaw is $100.  A complete copy of the bylaw can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.medicinehat.ca/government/bylaws/bylaws-in-force

To report bylaw violations please call or complaints line at 403-529-8481.  If you have questions related to this or any other bylaw enforcement issue please call our information line at 403-529-8400.

Heather Trail
Supervisor of Municipal Bylaw Enforcement
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8436