Monthly Enforcement

December STEP - Focus on Impaired Driving
The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of December will focus on impaired driving. Unfortunately, impaired driving is still a major contributing factor in fatal and serious injuries in Alberta. On average, 6,000 people were convicted of impaired driving in Alberta each year for the last five years. And from 2008-2016, 574 people died and nearly 8,000 people were injured as a result of alcohol- or drug-impaired driving.

Impaired Driving Laws:
  • Having a BAC of 0.08 or over within two hours of driving is a criminal offence.
    In Alberta, and in most other Canadian jurisdictions, a driver with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.079 may face provincial consequences through the Immediate Roadside Suspension Program.
    Cannabis limits are measured using nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in blood.
    There are criminal penalties for cannabis when a driver has over 2 ng/ml but less that 5ng/ml of THC in blood and when a driver has 5 ng/ml or more THC in blood.
    There are also criminal penalties for combined drug and alcohol impairment when a driver has 2.5 ng/ml or more THC combined with 50 mg/100ml or more alcohol in their blood.

With the holiday season upon us, it is important to plan ahead for a safe ride home from your Christmas celebrations, if you have consumed alcohol and/or drugs.  Some tips include:

  • Before you head out, decide in advance who will be the designated driver.
  • Make sure you have the contact information for local taxi companies and ride share services.
  • If you’re hosting an event, let your guests know that no one drives away from your party under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Be prepared in advance to help your guests find a safe way home.

Throughout the holiday season, you can expect increased officer presence as check stops are conducted in an effort to promote safe roads.

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

December 2019 – Focus on Safe Parking
The December 2019 Bylaw Education and Enforcement Program (BEEP) will be focusing on safe parking practices during the holiday season. The Bylaw Enforcement Section would like everyone to always consider parking lot safety all year round, but take extra care around Christmas time when people can be preoccupied or rushed .

Parking lots are busy places, filled with vehicles and people anxious to complete their Christmas shopping list. Road surfaces can be slick and the available spots are a bit tougher to find.

The Public Roads Bylaw # 4346 is the bylaw to be referred to for the following common parking offences in the parking lots.

  • Parking in a Fire Lane, even if you only going to be a minute and is prohibited, the fine could be $50. This space is for emergency personal only, at all times.
  • If you have a handicapped placard, please display it, if you are not handicapped you may not park in these designated spots. Unless you are authorized to do so, parking in these spots could add up to a $ 200.00 fine.
  • Loading zones are clearly marked and parking there for any other reason other than loading is prohibited and also carries a $50 fine.
Adding to the confusion, the lines can be covered when it snows, so please take extra care and always park within a parking stall.

For a safe and happy holiday season, have some extra patience, keep your speeds down and use safe backing practices.

For more information on this program, contact Heather Trail, Supervisor of Municipal Bylaw Enforcement, at 403-529-8436.