Community Briefs

Pedestrian vs. Vehicle. What Do You Know?

RCMP and Bylaw in Wood Buffalo recently conducted a joint effort to promote safety on their roadways with “a strong emphasize on crosswalk and intersection related offences.” As education is a key component of their safety initiative, they sent the following information to media, which we thought was well worth sharing with our readers.
Are you aware of the following offences?

“Fail to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk” is an offence under Section 41(1) of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. Offenders can expect a fine of $575.00 along with 4 demerit points.

Section 7.03 D of the Roads and Transportation Bylaw for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo states “No Person Shall Stop or Park a Vehicle Within Ten (10) Metres of the Approach to a Crosswalk.” The fine for doing so is $120.00

It is an offence under Section 36(3) of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act to “Fail to Yield Right of Way to a Pedestrian at Ally Entrance”. The fine is $115.00 plus 3 demerit points.

It is also incumbent on pedestrians to practice safe measures, just because you have a crossing signal at an intersection, don’t assume vehicles can see you. Pedestrians should always look both ways before entering a crosswalk and continue to scan while crossing. This also applies to intersections and ally entrances where there are no marked crosswalks.
The responsibility falls on us all to contribute to safe roadways in our community!

People not getting the message about busses

In response to a number of complaints received and tickets issued, Morinville Enforcement Services and the Morinville RCMP are reminding drivers about the need to stop for school buses while red lights are flashing and signs are deployed.
A school bus with alternating flashing red lights means stop, unless the driver is on the opposite side of a highway divided by a median.

The fine for failing to stop for a school bus with red lights activated is $402 plus six demerits.
The two enforcement agencies advise motorists can report a vehicle that has imprioperly passed a school bus by contacting Morinville Enforcement Services at 780-939-7831 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520.

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  1. Law abiding people don’t speed etc. Talk to your parents about their traffic behaviour. If they don’t want to obey traffic laws, ask your relatives for a family intervention on your birthday. Law abiding families love one another deeply and on Family Day they can actually feel the consideration owed one another. The families that don’t obey traffic laws, have insecurity, instability and the inability to solve simple family problems. people don’t want to get in their cars and the cost of traffic tickets ruins their often tight budgets. Law abiding neighbourhoods are a Canadian need. How is your neighbourhood? The Canadian Safety Council is encouraging law abiding neighbourhoods, would you like to get involved?

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