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Feb STEP –Focus on Distracted Driving
The traffic safety focus for the month of February will be on distracted driving.
As soon as a driver gets behind the wheel, driving should be the top thing on their mind. When a driver is distracted, focus is taken off the road and the consequences to traffic safety can be serious. Drivers in Alberta are encouraged to keep their eyes and their mind on the road.
Distracted Driving Facts:

  • Research shows that distracted driving plays a role in 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions. 
  • Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in collisions than attentive drivers.
  • Some studies have shown that texting impairs driving more than alcohol or drugs.
  • Between September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, and March 31, 2019, there were 186,564 convictions.
  • 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held communication or electronic device while driving.
  • During the 2018-19 fiscal year, male drivers accounted for nearly two-thirds of all convictions.
  • Overall, male drivers, aged 25 to 44 years, have the highest conviction rates.
  • Drivers can stay alert and attentive by following a few tips: putting their phones away, keeping both hands on the wheel, planning ahead any use of GPS units or audio systems, and pulling over if needed.

For more information contact:
Sgt. Gerald Sadlemyer
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471

February BEEP – Focus on Smoke free Vehicles for Minors

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:

http://www.medicinehat.ca/City%20Government/Bylaws/bylaws/bylaw4053.pdf

To report bylaw violations please call or complaints line at 403-529-8481. 

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