Young Drivers/Distracted Drivers is August's focus under the Alberta Traffic Safety Calender. Young drivers are still learning the rules of the road and making rookie mistakes behind the wheel. Smartphones and young passengers can be equally distracting to young drivers. When teenagers are driving in the car with their friends, they still want to be included in the passenger conversations and social media excitement. Parents and/or Guardians – have the conversation with our young drivers about these added distractions. Get them to drive you around, praise them for what they are doing well and explain how they can get even better. Just because they have passed a road test does not mean you can't assist them in being even better drivers.
For the rest of us who are not young drivers, we are not perfect either. Please stay off your phone, and that includes at red lights. You can still be issued a Violation Ticket even though you are stopped. Secondly do not drive with your pet in your lap. This interferes with your ability to operate a motor vehicle and you can be issued a violation ticket under the Traffic Safety Act.
Still seeing a lot of people, including drivers and passengers, not wearing their seat belt or not wearing them properly. Please buckle up. It is for your safety. Having the shoulder strap of your seat belt under your arm is not wearing it properly and you can receive a violation ticket for that. Fines for not wearing your seat belt or improperly wearing your seat belt are $155 under the Alberta Vehicle Equipment Regulations.
When you approach a stop sign, you must stop before the line on the roadway, before a painted cross walk, or three meters before the intersecting roadway if no crosswalk or lines are painted on the roadway. Stopping after the line, crosswalk, or closer than three meters from an intersecting roadway will net you with a violation ticket. There is a rumour out there you have to stop for three seconds. That is false. However, your vehicle’s motion has to cease. A lot of drivers perform what’s called a rolling stop where they slow down, look both ways and then proceed. This is not a stop and you will get a violation ticket for $388 dollars plus 3 demerit points under the Alberta Use Of Highway Rules and The Road Regulation.
Whether you live in McLeod or any other community, please do not speed in residential neighbourhoods. No one likes watching a vehicle zoom by on their street while they are out working or enjoying time in their yards with the beautiful weather we have been having. Slow down and be sure to watch for any children that might be out and about.
Lastly please remember – you must reduce speed to 60 km/h or the posted speed, whichever is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks that are stopped with their lights flashing. This law applies to the lane(s) immediately next to the stopped vehicles. The fine for speeding in these areas is doubled. Please help ensure your first responders and tow truck operators go home at the end of their shift!
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Safety Director