May STEP – Motorcycle SafetyThe traffic safety focus for the month of May is Motorcycle Safety. The weather is warming up and after a cold winter, motorcyclists are gearing up to ride. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the roads than motorists, as they lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. Motorcyclists and drivers alike are encouraged to keep an eye out for each other and share the road safely.
Get up to speed about motorcycles:
- About two thirds of collisions involving motorcycles result in death or injury.
- From 2012 to 2016, 3,247 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions resulting in 163 people killed and 3,356 injured.
- 40% of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions were travelling at unsafe speed.
- Nearly half of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. Running off the road or following too closely were the most common errors made by motorcyclists.
- Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A rider wearing a helmet is 37% less likely to die than a rider without one.
- Younger motorcyclists (under the age of 25) are more likely to be involved in casualty collisions than older riders.
- Most motorcycle collisions occur on dry roads and in urban areas.
Safety tips for motorcyclists:
- Always drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.
- Follow all traffic laws and stay focused on the road.
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear, such as eye protection, a durable jacket, pants, and gloves. Make sure your gear is comfortable and weather-appropriate.
- Consider taking a motorcycle training course, whether you’re a new rider or an experienced one looking to refresh your knowledge and skills.
Sgt Gerald Sadlemyer
Medicine Hat Police Service
May BEEP - Residential Noise
The Community Standards Noise Bylaw # 4353 was updated in October 2016. The objective or purpose of the noise bylaw is to encourage good neighbor behavior while establishing the communities’ expectation regarding noise within the City of Medicine Hat.
Some very important definitions guide efforts to determine reasonable noise. Daytime is the hours between 7 am to 10 pm during the week, and 9am to10 pm during the weekends or holidays. Nighttime is the hours between 10 pm and 7 am during the week and 10 pm to 9 am on weekends or holidays.
The tolerance for noise is lower during the nighttime hours as the acceptable level of noise does drop from 65 decibels for daytime noise to 50 decibels. An objective approach can be used by noise level measurements if required.
As a general rule, the City of Medicine Hat takes a subjective approach to noise as noise at any time that disturbs the peace of another, can be an offence. Many factors will come into consideration such as but not limited to
- Type of noise, duration, purpose
- Time and day of week
- Nature and use of surrounding area
- Sound level if measured
- Any other relevant factor
Vehicle noise always increases in the spring. Vehicle noise is included in the definition section of the bylaw, however, noise due to vehicles is typically handled by way of the Traffic Safety Act.
As routines have changed and there are more people at home, there has been an increase in neighborhood concerns. More than ever, now is the time to be a good neighbor. Consider how your music levels, early morning projects and late night hot tubs might be effecting others.
If have questions or concerns contact the MHPS non-emergency line at 403-529-8481.
Supervisor of Municipal Enforcement
Medicine Hat Police Service