Seatbelt safety is the Alberta Transportation traffic safety focus for the month of November. And with that is a much needed focus on child safety seats.
Buckling up is one of the smartest and most important decisions drivers and passengers can make.
Drivers are responsible for ensuring that children under the age of 16 are properly secured. Not doing so could result in a fine for the driver of $162. For drivers and other passengers not wearing a seatbelt the fine is $162 per person.
It is also vital that infants and young children are properly restrained in car seats and booster seats. The same fine of $162 is applicable if a child safety seat is found to not be properly installed.
Statistics from 2019 show that people involved in collisions who used seatbelts, had a much lower injury rate than those who did not use them. From 2015 to 2019, there were 252 unbelted fatalities in Alberta.
Children younger than 6 years of age who weigh less than 18 kg (40lbs) must be in a properly installed child safety seat. Children are safest in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 2 years of age. At that point, they can be moved into a forward-facing car seat.
Once a child is 6 years old or weighs at least 18 kg (40lbs), they should be placed in a booster seat. While not required by law, booster seats are highly recommended because they help position a child so the seatbelt fits properly. It is important to know that without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer significant injury. Alberta Transportation suggests a child is safest riding in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
For more information on Child Safety Seats, please visit: myhealth.alberta.ca. You can find valuable check lists and self tests for rear-facing car seats for infants, forward-facing car seats and booster seats.
Protecting yourself and others while travelling in a vehicle is as simple as wearing a seatbelt. Be mindful as you travel the roadways that safety is only a click away.
Several of the following matters are currently under investigation. If anyone has any information regarding any of these incidents, or you see any suspicious activity, please contact the Devon RCMP at 780-987-3413. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Town of Devon staff reported a traffic sign stolen. A 3-WAY sign was unbolted and stolen from Saskatchewan Avenue East. In the past few months a number of traffic signs have been stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Devon RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.
Devon RCMP attended Highway 60 northbound at the Devon bridge to direct traffic. A vehicle tire came off completely while the motorist was travelling. No injuries were reported.
RCMP contacted the registered owner of a vehicle subject of an erratic driving complaint on Highway 60. A warning was given.
A resident reported that his truck had been stolen from his property on Kananaskis Drive. OnStar was engaged and the truck was located and recovered in Grande Prairie. The matter is ongoing.
Devon RCMP are investigating the fraudulent purchase of a vehicle from the Devon Chrysler dealership. The buyer used someone else’s ID to complete the purchase and have the vehicle shipped to their address. The truck has been recovered in Red Deer and the investigation is ongoing.
Devon RCMP were dispatched to a 911 call for an erratic driver leaving a business on Superior Street. Surveillance video is being secured to further the investigation.
RCMP received reports of a motorist stunting on Wapiti Drive, drifting around corners, near parked vehicles. Officers conducted extensive patrols in the area and the vehicle was not located.
While conducting routine patrols, Devon RCMP located a vehicle, parked and not operational, at Hardy’s Independent Grocer after business hours. Officers contacted the registered owner and instructed them to make arrangements to have it moved.
Devon RCMP responded to a call of trespassers at the yard of De Rose Transportation on Saskatchewan Avenue. Surveillance video has been secured to further the investigation. The matter is ongoing.
Devon RCMP responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in the field behind Michigan Street. Officers patrolled the area, and upon further investigation, determined that the vehicle was a snow plow in the school yard clearing a walking path.
A single Chevrolet key on a lanyard was reported lost somewhere along Highwood Boulevard. If found, contact the Devon RCMP Detachment.
Devon RCMP are investigating the theft of approximately forty sheets of plywood from a home under construction in the Ravines. RCMP have secured surveillance video, confirming the theft happened at 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Devon RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.
A white Chevrolet Silverado was significantly damaged in a hit and run in the parking lot of the Key West Inn on Superior Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Devon RCMP Detachment. It is unlawful to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information, and doing so can result in charges.
Devon RCMP are investigating an abandoned and damaged vehicle found in the parking lot of the Key West Inn. Officers found the windows smashed, and broken glass on the ground indicating it was a recent break. The matter is ongoing.
Devon RCMP conducted patrols along Highway 19 and 60 in search of an erratic driver. The caller was unable to provide a vehicle description or licence plate number and the vehicle was not located.
Traffic Stops and Violation Tickets
Devon RCMP conducted numerous traffic stops this week throughout Devon and on Highways 60 and 19. The following is a summary of violation tickets issued to motorists under the Traffic Safety Act.
Four motorists were issued a violation ticket for Operate motor vehicle/trailer without subsisting certificate of registration, with a fine of $324.
Need to call the Devon RCMP Detachment? Call 780-987-3413 for urgent matters and crimes in progress; 780-987-3414 for non-urgent administrative matters between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday; and 911 for emergencies.