Public Safety

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Safe Winter Driving Tips

1. Prepare for Winter Driving

  • Consider winter tires for better traction on icy roads.
  • Keep a snowbrush and ice scraper in your vehicle at all times. 
  • Make sure mirrors, windows and the top of your vehicle are cleared of snow and ice before departing. (Failure to do so is a Fine of $155.00.)
  • Pack emergency items: light shovel, booster cables, flashlight, candles, blankets and warm clothes, snacks, medications, cell phone charger with adapter, and water.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full during the winter. 

2. Drive to Road Conditions

  • Drive slowly and carefully. Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  • Do not use Cruise Control.
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times. (Fine $155.00.)
  • Leave enough room to stop safely. Follow 8-10 seconds behind vehicles ahead.
  • Keep headlights on for better visibility.
  • ALWAYS pay attention to the road. (Fine for Distracted Driving is $267.00.)

3. Follow these tips if you become stranded on the side of the road:

  • Stay with your vehicle to wait for help.
  • Make sure your exhaust pipe is not clogged with ice or snow. 
  • Run your engine just long enough to keep warm, while conserving fuel.
  • Open the window a crack and light candles for added warmth.
  • Keep your dome light and hazards on to stay visible. 

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Kneehill Public Safety conducts activities within the boundaries of Kneehill County, in the communities of Acme, Carbon, Linden, Trochu, and Three Hills. Public Safety enforces compliance with provincial statutes and select municipal bylaws. The primary objectives of the department are public safety and protection of infrastructure. Those objectives are pursued by monitoring of heavy vehicles (weights and dimensions) and enforcement of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act (amongst other statutes and bylaws).

Alberta's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) helmet laws are changing. As of May 15, 2017, CSA-compliant helmets must be worn by OHV users when riding on public land.
Read more here: OHV Helmet Law

Permitting any overweight movement on County roads handled by Roadata Services.

Visit our Road Bans page for more information.

http://www.roadata.com or 1-888-830-7623

Permitting for Provincial highways overweight/over dimension loads through Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation

Other Statutes Enforced: Alberta Queens Printer
  • Animal Protection Act

  • Dangerous Dogs Act

  • Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

  • Fuel Tax Act

  • Gaming and Liquor Act

  • Line Fence Act

  • Petty Trespass Act

  • Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Act

  • Provincial Offense Procedure Act

  • Public Highways Development Act

  • Stray Animals Act

  • Traffic Safety Act

  • Trespass to Premises Act

  • Transportation and Handling of Dangerous Goods Act

  • Inkeepers Act

  • The Tobacco Reduction Act

Questions or Concerns: (403) 443-5541

Toll Free: 1-866-443-5541

Links


Alberta Fire Bans
Alberta Emergency Alerts/Agency
Fire Commissioners Office

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Farm Equipment and Traffic Safety Act



Kneehill County Public Safety and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement hosted a great information session on Farm Equipment Regulations and Exemptions.

Some highlights include:

Farm Width Regulations:


S. 6
(a) Rubber tired farm tractor with a dozer blade
-warning flags during day at widest point
-warning lights at night at widest point
(b) Farm equipment loaded on a trailer                  
 -warning flags during day at widest point
-warning lights at night at widest point           
(c) Any other farm equipment
-during daylight
-warning lights at night at widest point

S. 7
(b) Trailer with a load (moving materials from farm or field to another farm or field)
-trailer width (load) less than 3.8 m (12.5 ft)
-being towed by farm tractor  

S. 8
(a) Comm. vehicle transporting hay or straw w/I 50 km radius
-load not more than 3.2 m (10.5 ft)
-not more than 5 m (16.4 ft) from road surface 
     
(b) Comm. Vehicle transporting stacks or round bales w/i 50 km radius
-load not more than 4 m (13 ft)
-not more than 5 m (16.4 ft) from road surface

 If over 3.2 m (10.5 ft) during darkness:
-front dimensional sign
-amber flashing light
-warning lights on widest part of load  

 
Download the Farm Exemption Handout

PO Flags

Residents were given warning flags to use on their equipment, in accordance with the Traffic Safety Act.