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Monday Municipality Matters



This week on Monday Municipality Matters we’re pivoting back to Bylaw Services to explore one of recurring complaints: Responsible OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) use within our community! Learn about municipal rules, how your use affects the community, how to be considerate in your use and the role of the RCMP in ensuring community safety.

MUNICIPAL BYLAWS AND RULES

The Alberta Traffic Safety Act allows municipalities to enact a bylaw to permit OHV operation on Municipal maintained roads and public property.  The Town of Redwater has allowed their use within a specific set of criteria.  This is outlined in section 12 of our Traffic Safety Bylaw (

BALANCING RECREATION WANTS AND COMMUNITY PEACE

At the Town of Redwater, we understand the importance of accommodating recreational interests while maintaining community peace and safety. Our approach to OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) use is guided by a commitment to balancing these priorities.

We recognize the desire for recreational OHV use among our residents. Our municipal bylaws permit OHV operation within town, allowing for responsible recreation within specified criteria.  When these regulations are not followed, they affect others ability to quietly enjoy their space.

HOW TO BE COMMUNITY MINDED WHEN 

Operating Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) within our community comes with a responsibility to be community minded. Being community minded means considering the impact of your actions on fellow residents. Here are some important considerations to ensure that your recreational use of OHVs doesn't impact others and allows everyone to enjoy these recreational opportunities: 

WHO TO CALL: THE ROLE OF THE RCMP

As we discussed 2 weeks ago there’s certain authorities that our Bylaw Enforcement Officer does and does not have.  One they do not have the authority to do: Conducting traffic stops.  

What does that mean?   Well, it means that if you witness unsafe or illegal OHV activities, the RCMP is your point of contact.  While municipal bylaws govern OHV use, certain enforcement authorities fall under the RCMP's jurisdiction.

During an emergency call 9-1-1

Non-Emergency Line: 780-942-3600

WHY INCLUDE A PROVISION IN A TOWN BYLAW WE CAN’T ENFORCE OURSELVES?

As mentioned above it’s all about balance and partnership.  By including it in a town bylaw we are able to give the authority to the RCMP.  That’s why partnership is so important.  

Without including it in the bylaw it would defer back to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act and OHV users would have to trailer out of town.  As mentioned above it’s all about balancing recreation opportunities and the protection of community peace.  Be responsible. Be respectful.

 

Have additional questions or something you want to learn more about? Send an email to redwater@redwater.ca.