September 2017- STEP – Playground ZonesThe Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of September will focus on “Back to School”.
On September 5th , children in Medicine Hat will return to school and the Medicine Hat Police Service will focus their attention on school zone safety.Motorists are reminded that all school zones within the City of Medicine Hat are posted at 30 km/hr and are in effect from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm daily.
In addition to speeds, officers will also be monitoring crosswalk violations and watching for other traffic offences in residential areas, during times that children are commuting to and from school.Motorists are reminded to stay attentive while entering school zones and obey all speed limits, crossing guards, crosswalks and warning lights.
Parents are asked to remind their children to how to safety use crosswalks and hand signals when crossing streets, ensure they look both ways and cross only after traffic has come to a complete stop.The MHPS would also like to remind parents to please use lawful parking spots while dropping off and picking up their children as illegally parking can often pose a serious risk to children in the school zones.
With your help, we can ensure our children’s’ return to school is a safe one.
For more information contact:
Sgt. Clarke White #322
Medicine Hat Police Service
The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service will be focusing on Parking at and near Schools for September 2017.
With the start of the new school year will come some parking problems around many schools in the City of Medicine Hat. People living near schools often find their driveways and alleys obstructed and in addition, school bus zones are often filled with student and parent vehicles.
Bylaw 2434 allows for parking in alleys for a maximum of 5 minutes for the purposes of loading and unloading passengers providing that the vehicle does not obstruct the use of the alley by pedestrians or other vehicles. In addition parking in a designated school bus zone is a violation for the times posted at the schools.
It is also important to park on the public roadways only and avoid parking on private property near the school unless you have permission from the property owner. Many of the schools have parking lots that are designated for staff only or are adjacent to other private properties that have parking lots that are monitored.
Around many of the schools are clearly marked “NO PARKING” zones that should be adhered to at all times. These zones are placed to allow for the visibility and safety of all children around the schools.
Bylaw 2434 also prohibits parking within 1.5 meters of a driveway or other vehicle crossing over a sidewalk. In addition parking within 5 meters of Stop or Yield Sign, a Marked Crosswalk or a Fire Hydrant is prohibited.
By obeying these parking laws we can all contribute to a safe community and make sure that all the children coming and going to school can do so in safety.
Violators could be fined as well as have their vehicles towed. Fines for parking violations start at $50.00.
Peace Officer i/c,
Municipal Bylaw Enforcement