Message from McLeod's Community Safety Director
"Brain Injuries Change Your Life Forever" is the focus for Alberta Traffic Safety for April 2018. Please do your part and follow the posted speed limit when weather and roads conditions are ideal. Edmonton Police, RCMP, Sheriff's, Community Peace Officer's, Conservation Officers, and Fish and Wildlife Officers will be making this a focus to ensure vehicles are following the speed limits. Violation Tickets come with fines and demerits. In addition, your insurance premiums can increase.

Did you know that you cannot go over the speed limit to pass another vehicle?

Additionally, please practice the rules of the road:
  • Leave sufficient space between you and the vehicle that is travelling in front of you.
  • Use your turn signals when changing lanes or making turns.
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs and ensure it is safe to proceed.
  • Ensure your head lights and tail lights clean and are on during poor lighting or weather conditions.
  • Clean your windows and mirrors to assist in visibility and help with the glare of the sun.

Motorcycles will be coming out onto the roadway as the snow goes away. Please be mindful of this and ensure you are doing your shoulder checks and being aware what is behind and beside your vehicles. Motorcycle drivers, please be cautious of other drivers not being used to you being on the road and watch for less than ideal road conditions with gravel and sand still being on the road from the winter. Check that your registration and insurance are up to date and valid copies are with you while driving.

Parking Tips
Edmonton Traffic Bylaw 5590 Fire Hydrants Section 8 (1) states:
Except as permitted in this section a vehicle shall not be stopped on a highway within 5 metres of a fire hydrant or, when the hydrant is not located at the curb, within 5 metres from the point on the curb nearest the fire hydrant.

A taxi may stop within 5 metres of a hydrant identified as a taxi zone only if:
 (i) the operator remains in the vehicle at all times; and
 (ii) the operator immediately removes the vehicle from the taxi zone upon the direction of a peace officer or a member of the City’s Fire Rescue Service.

Use of Highway and Rules of The Road Regulation Fire Hydrants Section 44 (i) states:                                                                    Vehicles cannot park within 5 metres from any fire hydrant, or when the hydrant is not located at the curb, within 5 metres from the point on the curb nearest the hydrant.
Fine under this regulation is $78.00 and can be issued anywhere in Alberta.

Edmonton Traffic Bylaw 5590 Intersections Section 7 states:
Unless a traffic control device permits or requires, a vehicle shall not be parked:
(a) at an intersection within 5 metres of the projection of the curb or edge of the roadway;
(b) within an intersection other than immediately next to the curb or edge of the roadway in a “T” intersection; or
(c) within 1.5 metres of an access to a garage, private road or driveway or a vehicle  crossway over a sidewalk.
Fine under this bylaw is $50.00.

Alberta Use of Highway Rules of the Road Regulation Parking Restrictions section 44 states:
A person driving a vehicle shall not, unless
(j) within 1.5 metres from an access to a garage, private road or driveway or a vehicle crossway over a sidewalk;
Fine under this regulation is $78.00.

If you have any parking complaints, you may download the City of Edmonton 311 app on your smartphones and make the complaint on your app or you can call 311. You need to obtain the description of the vehicle including colour, make and model, location, and licence plate information.

Home Safety Tips
Here are some tips to keep your home safe:
  • If you are working in your back yard please do not leave your front doors unlocked.
  • Trim trees and bushes from blocking your windows or doors.
  • Put locks on your gates, sheds and do not leave bags or bottles or anything of value easily visible in your yard.
  • Do not hide spare keys in your yard or in your vehicle.
  • Install motion detector lights and/or security cameras.
  • Have security bars on basement windows.

Before going to bed at night please check all doors and windows that someone could get access to are locked and secure. In addition check your doors on all vehicles as well that they are locked.
If you have any questions, please contact me at .

Ryan Bendara
Community Safety Director