Message from McLeod's Community Safety Director

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July Safety Message

July's Alberta Traffic Safety Calendar focus is Impaired Driving. The information listed below is taken word for word and directly from the Alberta Government Transportation Website. To view or would like more information go to http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/impaireddriving.htm

  

Implemented April 9, 2018

For drivers with blood alcohol of .08 or over, who are   impaired by alcohol, drugs or their combination, or who fail or refuse to   provide a breath or blood sample

 

Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension:

As of April 9, 2018, the   Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension is two-staged, fixed-term driving   suspension consisting of two distinct parts:

• a 90-day driving suspension where the suspended driver is unable to drive under any   circumstances, AND

• a further one-year driving suspension where the suspended driver may be eligible to drive on a condition that they participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program. If they choose not to participate, they will remain suspended during this one-year term with no ability to drive to legally.


Escalating Vehicle Seizures:

·         1st Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension: 3-day vehicle seizure

·         2nd and subsequent Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension: 7- day vehicle seizure


Penalties Under the Criminal Code (Canada):

• 1st Criminal Code (Canada) Conviction: Driver’s Licence Suspension, completion of the “Planning Ahead” Course, and 1 year of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Participation.

• 2nd Criminal Code (Canada) Conviction: Driver’s Licence Suspension, completion of the “IMPACT” Program, and 3 years of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Participation.

• 3rd or Subsequent Criminal Code (Canada) Conviction: Driver’s Licence Suspension, completion of the “IMPACT” Program, and 5 years of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Participation.


A preceding Criminal Code (Canada) conviction for impaired driving, and participation in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program will supersede a new Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension.


If a driver is serving both a provincial Ignition Interlock Program term and one imposed by the Courts, Ignition Interlock Program participation may run concurrently. If the client wishes to   participate in the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program during the 2nd phase of the driving suspension (of the 1-year term), the client is required to purchase and submit an Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring. If the same client wishes to participate in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program as a result of the criminal conviction, the same client would then be required to purchase and submit another Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring, along with a legible copy of the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” from the Courts (once they have 30 days or less remaining in the   federal driving prohibition term.


Implemented April 9,2018

For new (GDL drivers with cannabis or illegal drugs over .00

Any driver with the Graduated Driver Licence (GDL) Program found with any level of blood drug concentration over .00 will be subject to the same sanctions they currently are for alcohol - Immediate 30-day Driver’s Licence Suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure. It should be noted that GDL drivers who meet the requirements for criminal level impaired driving will be subject to any and   all provincial sanctions and criminal penalties that apply. Impaired Driving affects us all. With so many options out there is no excuse to get behind the wheel while impaired.


Bicycle Thefts:

Bicycle Thefts are on the rise and I want to give you some tips to help ensure your bicycle is not stolen.

• Ensure your bicycle is locked to a bike rack or in a secure building such as a locked garage or shed. Do not leave it in plain sight unsecured.

• Ensure the frame and any easy quick release wheels are secured with a cable lock to the bike rack.

• Register your bike on Bike Index or Project 529 Garage. You will need the make and model of the bicycle along with a photo to upload and the serial number. If your bicycle is stolen make sure you attend your closest police detachment and fill out a statement. Having a photo and serial number is crucial to help police get your bicycle back to you if its recovered.


Boating Safety

Ensure you have your boating license.

Your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is like a driver’s license and once you have your PCOC it’s yours for life.  The PCOC is mandatory for anyone operating a pleasure craft with any type of motor, and the operator should be sure to have their original PCOC card “on board”. Violation Ticket can be issued if you do not have it on your person. Photo on your smartphone or photocopy is not sufficient.

• Always check the local weather conditions before departure - TV, radio or weather apps on your smartphone can give you up to date and time of current weather conditions. If you notice darkening clouds, strong winds, or sudden drops in temperature, get off the water immediately and take cover on the nearest shoreline.

• Ensure you and everyone on board is wearing a life jacket or personal flotation device. Ensure they fit properly. A large majority of drowning victims from boating accidents were found not to be wearing a life jacket or personal flotation devices.

• Practice safe boating by not mixing alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs before or when you are on the boat. Just like driving under the influence, boating under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. If you are planning to consume alcohol or marijuana on your boat, you must be anchored and have permanent sleeping, kitchen and toilet facilities on board.

• If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety means knowing how to swim. If you are not a strong swimmer, I encourage you to take swimming lessons before going out in or on the water.

• Ensure your boat is running properly before heading out into the water. You can purchase what are called ears. They consist of two flat opposing rubber cups, one with a hose connection, on both sides of a long U-shaped bracket that allows them to seal against both sides of the lower drive unit over the normally-submerged water intakes. The two cups on the U-bracket look like earmuffs, and thus the term. You hook a water hose to them. If you have never used them there are great video's on U-Tube that shows you what to do. If still not sure do not attempt and have a local marine shop ensure your boat is operating properly.

• Very important and many people forget. Make sure your boat plug is in!

• Make sure you have the safety equipment on your boat as required by law. Check Transport Canada Website to check what you need to have on your boat. Violation Tickets can be issued if you do not have proper safety equipment on board

• Lastly be courteous and boat launches. Safely and as quickly as possible get your boat in the water and remove your vehicle and trailer so the next person can load or unload. If you see someone that is struggling lend a hand. Some people are new to boating and may need a few pointers.


Fire Prevention

Fire Bans come and go in the province. Before you light on check https://albertafirebans.ca/ to determine if there is a ban or restriction in your area. Lighting a fire when there is a ban or restriction can lead to Violation Tickets being issued and you could be billed for the cost of the fire service to respond and put out the fire or any damage your fire has caused.


If you are having a fire let the fire burn down before you plan on putting it out. Spread the embers or ashes around in the fire pit and then add water or loose dirt and stir. Water is preferred. Any wood still burning add more water or loose dirt until you can no longer see smoke or steam. Don’t bury your fire or leave it believing it will go out on its own. Embers will smoulder and can re-emerge as a wildfire especially if a wind picks up. To ensure your fire is out check and see if you feel any more heat from a safe distance. Don't stick your hands in or too close to the wood or ashes.


If you are a smoker please do not throw your cigarette out the window of your vehicle. Put it out in an ashtray and dispose of when it is out.


Construction Zones

Please do not speed in construction zones. When workers are present the fine amount doubles. Please help ensure you and the workers stay safe. Even if construction workers are not present the posted lower speed limit will still be in effect if there are safety hazards in that construction zone.
 

If you have any questions, please contact me at safety@mcleodcl.ca.

Ryan Bendara
Community Safety Director