Monthly Enforcement

November STEP – Occupant Restraints

Our traffic safety focus for the month of November is Occupant Restraints, particularly child safety seats.

Wearing a seatbelt is one of the simplest, yet most important decisions drivers and passengers can make to protect themselves in a vehicle. It’s also crucial that infants and young children are properly restrained in car seats or booster seats.

Occupant restraints facts:

  • From 2014 to 2018, there were 282 unbelted fatalities in Alberta.
  • In 2018, people involved in collisions who used restraints had a much lower injury rate (6.7%) than those who did not use restraints (18.1%).
  • Drivers are responsible for ensuring children under the age of 16 are properly secured and could face a $162 fine for not doing so.
  • Children younger than 6 years old who weigh less than 18kg (40lbs) must be in a properly installed child safety seat.
  • Children are safest in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old. Once they are at least 2 years old, children can move to a forward-facing car seat.
  • Once a child is at least 6 or weighs at least 18kg, they should be in a booster seat. While not required by law, booster seats are highly recommended because they help position a child so the seat belt fits properly. Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
  • A child is safest in the back seat until they are at least 13.

If you need assistance in confirming your car seat is properly installed you can call 403-502-8249 or email to book an appointment.  Prior to your appointment please install the seat to the best of your ability or have someone that can be hands on during the appointment.

Media Contact:

Sgt Gerald Sadlemyer
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471

November BEEP - Focus on Sidewalk Safety

City of Medicine Hat that Bylaw #4346 requires the owner or occupant of any premises adjoining a sidewalk to clear away any snow, ice, dirt or other obstruction from a sidewalk within twenty-four hours after the time such snow, ice, dirt or other obstruction was deposited or formed on the sidewalk.  It is also important to remember that only snow from the public sidewalk may be placed on the roadway.  Snow from your driveways, parking lots and other parts of the property must stay on your property. 

Extension cords are important in ensuring your car starts in the cold winter morning, but they must be no less than 8 feet above the sidewalk to ensure that they are not a hazard to pedestrians. 

Failing to clear the snow properly from the public sidewalk, placing snow on the roadway or for having an extension cord lay across a sidewalk could result in fines from $100 to $10,000.  Violators may also be responsible for the cost of removal of any snow or ice that has not been removed properly. 

To report bylaw violations please call the complaint line at (403)-529-8481. 

For more information on this program please contact Municipal Bylaw Enforcement at (403)-529-8436.