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.

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July – Bicycle Safety

Are you planning to ride your bike and explore the multiway? Let those around you know your whereabouts by ensuring your bicycle is equipped with a horn or bell. According to Section 83(2) of the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation states that a person operating a motor vehicle, motor cycle, moped, power bicycle or bicycle shall sound the vehicle’s horn or other audible warning device whenever it is reasonably necessary to warn persons on or approaching the highway in the vicinity of the vehicle. So be sure to give your bell a ring when you approach people and remember to wear a helmet on your ride.

June – Parks and Green Space Enjoyment

The grass is green, the sun is out and the birds are chirping – summer is officially in season. Go Leduc, get outdoors and enjoy the numerous amenities including the trails, parks and green spaces available in the city. While out, please respect these spaces by cleaning up after yourself, being mindful of those around you if you are vaping or smoking, and follow the public health orders on physical distancing and gathering. Thank you for helping us to keep these spaces enjoyable for everyone.

May – Unsightly Properties

Be a good neighbour – keep your property maintained according to the Leduc Community Standards Bylaw. Property owners are to keep lawns timed at or below 10 cm and remove any debris build-up visible from neighbouring locations. Unsightly properties often displays signs of neglect with long grass, weeds, derelict vehicles, debris, and some buildings in a state of disrepair. Some of these signs of neglect can also pose a crime and fire risk to your home and your neighbours. Help keep everyone safe and make Leduc an inviting community to call home with a well-kept property.

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.

Stay up-to-date on construction projects around the city  with the interactive map at Leduc.ca/construction

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. 

Residents are encouraged to learn more about the city’s parking controls and Traffic Bylaw.