LES Community Priorities Calendar
The Leduc Enforcement Services (LES) Community Priorities Calendar is composed of monthly topics of interest. The goal is to help educate and raise awareness to common areas that can affect the community. By sharing the priorities, it helps highlight the balance of priorities the LES team faces monthly to ensure residents are safe, protected and thriving.
April – Construction Zone Safety
Winter fading and spring budding means construction season is right around the corner. While construction can be frustrating, it is vital to ensuring our roads, sidewalks and drainage systems are safe and reliable for current and future citizens. When driving through a construction zone, complying with the posted speed limit is critical to keeping everyone safe. Slow down, pay extra attention to the environment, and look out for people working and other potential hazards. Speed fines double when caught speeding in a construction zone with workers present.
March – Ice Safety
What it looks like, may not be what it seems. That is the danger that lies with large frozen bodies of water during this shoulder season. As temperatures start to warm, it affects the integrity of ice – be it a lake or pond. Take great caution you are on a frozen surface as break in the ice can lead to a serious life incident.
Stay off storm water ponds! This time of year, the ice starts to deteriorate and water levels can fluctuate suddenly with snow melting in the adjacent neighbourhoods. If you see a closed sign at a boarded rink or grass pad, please do not skate on that ice surface to ensure everyone’s safety as the ice begins to melt. Stay safe by going skating on one of the several outdoor rinks within the City of Leduc.
February – Cold Weather Safety
Winters in Alberta can be harsh with temperatures dropping below minus 20 degrees Celsius; add in wind chill and conditions become frigid. If you are planning to be outdoors or travelling in your vehicle, make sure you are prepared. Check the weather conditions before you leave, dress warmly, and know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia to reduce the risk of harm.
If you are pet owner, make sure to bring them indoors or ensure they have adequate shelter to keep warm. See that they have access to water that is not frozen; we recommend a heated water bowl. Set a timer to check on your pet when you are letting them out.
While we may think we are safe inside our vehicles, it also comes down to how prepared you are. Keeping your car in good working order lessens your chances of being stranded during a cold weather event. If you can, keep your gas tank near full and have an emergency car kit in your vehicle to keep you safe and warm until help arrives.
January - Abandoned Vehicles
What is an abandoned vehicle?
Under section 76 (1) of the Traffic Safety Act, a vehicle is deemed abandoned at that location if it passes 72 consecutive hours without movement. After 72 consecutive hours, the vehicle is considered to be abandoned and may be removed.
Why is this a priority for LES?
Abandoned motor vehicles are a priority for enforcement services this time of the year because they become an object that can attract criminal activity, as well becomes an obstacle on the road. These cars are commonly noticeable in winter with snow covering them to look like igloos. When it comes to snow clearing in residential areas, abandoned vehicles become an issue for snow removal equipment to maneuver around, which leads to the less effective clearing of roads to provide residents with safe passage in and out of their neighbourhood.