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Collision Reporting Centre


What is a Collision Reporting Centre?

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) has partnered with Accident Support Services International Ltd. in the operation of Collision Reporting Centre (CRC).  The Medicine Hat CRC will provide improved service to the public offering a streamlined process for reporting property damage vehicle collisions.  The CRC is located in the lobby of the MHPS, located at 884 2nd Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB. 


How does it work?

In cases where a collision occurs and the vehicles are moveable, once reported to 9-1-1 citizens will be directed to drive to the CRC to complete the required police report.  In cases where vehicles are not moveable, tow trucks will be dispatched to the scene to clear the vehicles and transport parties involved to the CRC.  Upon arrival at the centre, citizens will be greeted by a member of the Accident Support Services staff who will provide assistance in completing the required forms, contacting the insurer or a loved one and even starting the claims process.


Must I report an incident immediately?

In most cases, claimants are advised to attend to the Collision Reporting Centre.  However claimants may attend at other times, in accordance with the situation.  The hours of operation for the CRC are as follows:

Monday to Friday      8 AM to 6 PM
Saturday                    11 AM to 5 PM
Sundays and Holidays   Closed


What about motor vehicles collisions?

The majority of claims handled by the CRC involve motor vehicle collisions.  Collisions that are eligible for reporting at the CRC include: any property damage collisions where the damage is estimated to be over $2,000, but there are no injuries or criminal offences involved.  The MHPS is no longer investigating such collisions, except when there is injury or death, criminal activity (including alcohol) one or more of the vehicles are federally, provincially or municipally owned, one of the vehicles is transporting dangerous goods, or there is damage to private municipal or highway property.

Police will attend to assist with traffic problems.  In addition, police will investigate the collision when the circumstances are such that it would be a serious hardship to ask the claimants to attend to the CRC.

Arrangements have been made with towing companies to have the vehicle brought to the MHPS, whether it is immediately after the incident or some time later when the CRC is open.  Vehicles involved in a collision are photographed, and claimants are provided with copies of all necessary documentation in connection with their claim.


Do all motor vehicle collisions have to be reported?

The Traffic Safety Act states that all motor vehicle collisions involving injury or death, where there is damage to highway property, and where the combined damage exceeds $2000 must be reported to the police.


What should l do if I get involved in a collision?

Check to determine if the police must investigate the collision.  Call 9-1-1 to report if you are unsure.
If it is safe to do so, remove the vehicle from the roadway. Exchange information with the other involved persons, including independent witnesses.  Obtain names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance and vehicle particulars. As soon as possible, attend with your vehicle to the Collision Reporting Centre.
Bring your documentation with you to the Collision Reporting Centre, ie. Drivers license, ownership and insurance.


May I contact the Collision Reporting Centre directly for more information?

The Medicine Hat Collision Reporting Centre will be pleased to answer your questions and can be reached at:

PHONE: 403-581-1070
FAX: 403-581-1063
EMAIL: medicinehat@accsupport.com


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High Collision Locations

The Highway 1 corridor that runs through Medicine Hat has encountered collisions at most intersections.  The intersections that require caution are:

·  Highway 1 at Dunmore Road SE

·  Highway 1 at 13 Ave SE

·  Highway 1 at 7 St SW

·  Highway 1 at 3 St SW

The top ten collision locations in the City of Medicine Hat are as follows:

LOCATION

SPEED LIMIT

Highway 1 at Dunmore Rd SE

80kph

13 Ave at Trans Canada Way SE

50kph

Dunmore Road at Strachan Road SE

50kph

Maple Ave at 1 St SE

50kph

13 Ave at Southview Dr SE

50kph

Carry Drive  at Dunmore Rd SE

50kph

Highway 1 at 13 Ave SE 

80kph

Ross Glen Dr at Dunmore Rd SE

50kph

Altawana at Parkview Dr NE

50kph

Strachan Rd at 13 Ave SE

50kph


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Order of Merit of the Police Forces

May 24, 2013 – Order of Merit of the Police Forces

At an investiture ceremony held on May 24, 2013 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, ON Medicine Hat Police Service Inspector Glen Motz was presented with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor and a Commander, and the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is its Principal Commander.

Inspector Motz is the first Medicine Hat Police Service member to receive the prestigious honour.  He was nominated by Chief of Police Andy McGrogan who feels that “It is a well-deserved honour after 32 years of exceptional service to this community”.

The badge of the Order is the same as that of the Order of Military Merit, a blue-enamelled, straight-end cross (four arms, narrow at the centre, wider at the ends) with an annulus in red surmounted by St. Edward’s Crown. The annulus bears the inscription MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA.

For more information contact:

Rita Sittler
Communications Coordinator
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416


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Passing an Emergency Vehicle

Do you know how fast you’re permitted to go when passing an emergency vehicle? The answer is more complicated than you might think. In October of 2005, new legislation came into effect in Alberta to address this matter.

  • Emergency vehicles include fire, police, ambulance, tow trucks, and a vehicle being used by a gas disconnection unit of a public utility or designated emergency response unit.
  • Motorists must slow to 60 kilometers per hour, or less if the posted speed is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped with their lights flashing. Fines for speeding in these areas will be double the regular amount.
  • If there are two or more traffic lanes in the same direction as the emergency vehicle or tow truck, passing vehicles need only slow down in the lane immediately beside the stopped emergency vehicle. Vehicles traveling in other lanes, including oncoming lanes, may maintain their speed but should proceed with caution.

Going just one kilometer over the speed limit could result in a $114 fine, and for going ten kilometers over the speed limit….$156.

The legislation was enacted to ensure the safety of emergency workers and motorists alike.

Please give us room to work….our lives depend on it!


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Traffic Service Request

Have a traffic service request? Fill out this form and we will respond as soon as possible.

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October Collision Review and Road Safety Tips

Based on the data collected for the month of October, the majority of the collisions are occurring between 8am and 5pm, on the Trans Canada Highway, and in the Dunmore Road area.  26% of collisions are occurred while drivers are backing up, 16% were side-swipe crashes, 16% were a result of following too closely, and 11% occurred while driving too fast for the road conditions.  The other 33% of crashes were caused by left turn-across the path of another vehicle, right angle crashes, and other types of crashes not previously listed. Nearly 50% of the 43 injury crashes in October were rear end crashes.


Winter Driving Safety Tips

With winter fast approaching, the Medicine Hat Police Service reminds drivers to allow increased following distances between themselves and the vehicles in front of them.  Poor road conditions affect the stopping distances for all vehicles, including four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles.  Please allow extra time to
scrape ALL of your vehicle’s windows properly.  An obscured windshield or window can greatly increase the risk of a collision, and could result in a $115.00 fine.  It is recommended that driver’s prepare their vehicles early for winter, ensuring they have sufficient tread on their tires, and their vehicles are mechanically sound.

 

Total Number of Property Damage Collisions October 2013

                  

Total Number of Injury Collisions
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Missing Person: Gareth AUSTIN

Missing Person: Gareth AUSTIN File #:        9521310

Investigation Agency:     Medicine Hat Police Service (403-529-8400)

Date Last Seen:     August 17 1995 Place Last Seen:    Medicine Hat, AB

Age at Time of Disappearance:  23 years

Gender:  Male

Height:  5’11ft; 180cm

Weight:  160lbs; 72kg

Hair Color:  Brown 

Eye Color:  Blue

 

Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Not Known

Clothing/Jewelry Worn at Time of Disappearance: Not Known

Additional Information:

Gareth AUSTIN was last known to be in Medicine Hat, Alberta with Dominic PARK.  Neither have been seen or heard from since.  Police investigations remain ongoing. 

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of this person, please contact the investigating agency using the number provided above or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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Missing Person Martha Beatriz GARCIA

Missing Person Martha Beatriz GARCIA File #:        2009-25757

Investigation Agency:     Medicine Hat Police Service (403-529-8400)

Date Last Seen:     September 5 2009 Place Last Seen:    Medicine Hat, AB

Age at Time of Disappearance:  52 years

NO PHOTO

 

Gender:  Female

Height:  5’3ft  159cm

Weight:  170lbs 77kg

Hair Color:  Black 

Eye Color:  Brown

 

Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Not Known

Clothing/Jewelry Worn at Time of Disappearance: Not Known

Additional Information:

Both Martha GARCIA and her husband Walfrido RAMIREZ-DIAZ are missing from Medicine Hat, AB.  They were last seen on September 5 2009 stating they were travelling to Calgary.  This investigation remains ongoing.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of this person, please contact the investigating agency using the number provided above or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) 

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Missing Person Garry GACKLE

Missing Person Garry GACKLE File #:        1994-14433

Investigation Agency:     Medicine Hat Police Service (403-529-8400)

Date Last Seen:     June 13 1994 Place Last Seen:    Medicine Hat, AB

Age at Time of Disappearance:  44 Years


Gender:  Male

Height:  5’7ft; 170cm

Weight:  200lbs; 91kg

Hair Color:  Brown/Balding

Eye Color:  Blue

 

Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Not Known

Clothing/Jewelry Worn at Time of Disappearance: Not Known

Additional Information:

Garry GACKLE was last known to be in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Neither have been seen or heard from since.  Police investigations remain ongoing. 

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of this person, please contact the investigating agency using the number provided above or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) 

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Missing Person Guillermina Rosas COLEMAN

Missing Person Guillermina Rosas COLEMAN File #:        2004-15998

Investigation Agency:     Medicine Hat Police Service (403-529-8400)

Date Last Seen:     July 4 2004 Place Last Seen:    Cypress View Foundation Medicine Hat, AB

Age at Time of Disappearance:  72 years


Gender:  Female

Height:  5’0ft; 152cm

Weight:  100lbs; 45kg

Hair Color:  Brown 

Eye Color:  Brown

 

Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Not Known

Clothing/Jewelry Worn at Time of Disappearance: Not Known

Additional Information:

COLEMAN left her residence in Cypress View Foundation sometime between 8:00 pm on July 4 2004 and 10:00 am on July 5 2004 and has not been seen since.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of this person, please contact the investigating agency using the number provided above or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) 

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