Traffic Safety & Regulations
Traffic Safety Act & Regulations
This Act and Regulations promotes safety on the province's highways, the definition of which includes any street, road, sidewalk or bridge that the public is ordinarily entitled or permitted to use.
- All moving (speeding, stop signs, etc.) and non-moving (equipment/documentation, etc.) violations that can result in fines and/or demerit points with respect to all drivers and vehicles.
- All commercial vehicle enforcement with respect to weights, equipment, cargo securement, documentation and the transportation of dangerous goods.
Speeding continues to be a major problem on our roads. 57% of all speeding charges laid were in excess of 130 kilometres per hour.
Six of these violators were charged with traveling in excess of 150 kilometres per hour. Some of the highest speeds were 167 kilometres per hour on Highway 835 heading towards Buffalo Lake.
These are the same roads that you and your families travel on every day and we are sure you share our concerns in this area.
We patrol roads every day, making sure that they remain safe. If you have any concerns about speeding on county roads, please don't hesitate to contact our Protective Services department.
Off Highway Vehicles may be operated on County of Stettler highways subject to the following conditions:
- Operation is not permitted where prohibited by signs.
- The off-highway vehicle must be registered and insured.
- The operation of an off-highway vehicle within a residential area is restricted to taking the most direct route to and from a place of residence to where it may be legally operated.
- The operator and passenger must wear an approved helmet.
- The operator must be 14 years of age or older.
- Protective services will be taking zero tolerance against the illegal/unsafe operation of off-highway vehicles in the summer season and you can expect to be issued violation ticket summonses for failure to obey the rules.
For those wishing more information on the rules for the proper and safe use of an off-highway vehicle, call us or just stop and read the warning/prohibition signs the next time you decide to drive around.
Farm Equipment on Highways
Dimensions & Rules
Alberta Transportation establishes maximum vehicle weight and dimension limits to preserve highway infrastructure and to ensure the safety of the travelling public. This includes legal limits for any registered vehicle for travel on any public road, as well as the provision for movement of oversize loads under permit.
Commercial vehicles and equipment operating above the limits on a highway require a permit. As per the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation, equipment cannot operate on a highway when any of the following are surpassed:
- The equipment, including the load, exceeds 2.6 meters in width.
- The height of the highest point of the equipment, including any load, is greater than 5 meters from the surface from the highway.
- The overall length, including any load, exceeds 30.5 meters.
- Exceptions to the above, for farm equipment, include:
- A rubber-tired farm tractor, with a dozer blade, where there is visibly displayed fluorescent hazard flags are displayed.
- Farm equipment loaded onto a trailer when there are warning flags on the widest part of the vehicle. Unless it is less than 3.8 meters in width, towed by a rubber-tired farm tractor, or the trailer is used to move materials or equipment from one farm/field to another farm/field.
- Any other piece of farm equipment with hazard lights displayed on the widest part of the equipment.
For more details, consult the Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation.
For all basic permits (overweight, over-dimension and licensing) contact:
RoaData at 888-444-9288 or http://www.roadata.com.
If a truck is hauling grain for hire or transporting farm equipment for custom operations, the truck is required to follow the commercial vehicle rules and may require a permit to temporarily change the vehicle registration from a farm plate to a commercial plate. There is a fee for the registration permit.
The following miniature vehicles are prohibited from being operated on any highway or roadway.
- Electric scooters
- Golf Carts
- Miniature quads
- Motorized skateboards
- Personal transporters
- Pocket bikes
The following prohibitions are contained in the General Traffic Bylaw:
- All loads must be secured in such a manner as to prevent the load from falling onto the road.
- No vehicles or traction engines having metal cleats, metal tracks, tire chains, or other metal devices attached to its wheels may operate or move on a county road.
- Secondary highways within the County of Stettler's boundaries, such as: 589, 590, 593, 594, 601, 835, 850, 851, 852, 853, 854, and 855 are now under management and direction of the Provincial Government. These roads are not subject to either our County General Traffic Bylaw or permitting regulations.
- Water trucks shall not stop or park along or upon any county road for the purpose of loading or unloading water.