January STEP - Focus on Intersection Safety
The Medicine Hat Police Service traffic safety focus for the month of January is Intersection Safety.
Intersections are high-risk locations because drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists converge in intersections and need to safely cross each others’ paths. Aggressive behaviours like speeding, running red lights, or entering the intersection without properly looking can result in collisions, injury, and death.
Intersection Safety Facts:
- On average, 65 people are killed and 8,024 are injured each year at intersections in Alberta.
- About 96% of intersection collisions occurred in urban areas from 2012-2016. However, over half (about 53%) of fatal intersection collisions during the same time occurred in rural intersections.
- Over 85% of collisions involve a driver error. Three of the top five driver errors identified in casualty collisions occur in intersections: left turns, stop sign violations, and disobeying a traffic signal.
- Slush, snow, or ice was involved in about 14% of fatal collisions and 16% of injury collisions in 2016. This makes it especially important to slow down and be careful approaching and crossing intersections this winter.
January 2020 - Focus on Proper Waste Storage and DisposalIn January, the Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section will pro-actively enforcing street and alley cleanliness legislations. In order to assist in this there are several things we can all do as a community to assist in keeping the streets, alleys and public property clean.
We all can contribute to a cleaner city by properly using the Automated Waste Containers. Putting your household waste in them and placing them out for collection at the appropriate location the day of pickup is one way. If the lids of the containers do not close they may not be able to be picked up and garbage bags placed outside the bins will not be picked up. Once the collection has been completed please remove the containers from the alley or street and back onto your property.Many alleys end up plugged up with empty, or overfilled bins impeding the alley, this can be extensively worse in the winter when we get snow build up.
Fines for failing to cover your waste, or failing to properly put your waste out for collection start at $100.00.Remember this is our community, each us needs to take steps to keep it clean.
For more information on this program, Heather Trail, the Peace Officer in charge of Municipal Bylaw Enforcement, can be contacted at 403-529-8436.