Peace Officer Services
Flagstaff County is authorized by the Solicitor General of Alberta to employ two Community Peace Officers who have the authority to enforce legislation and regulations relating to:
- The Traffic Safety Act
- The Provincial Offences Procedure Act
- The Highways Development and Protection Act
- The Gaming and Liquor Act
- The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
- And other provincial acts and legislation.
- The Peace Officers work in partnership with various Federal and Provincial agencies to patrol and enforce legislation and regulations.
Community Peace Officers enforce weights and measures to ensure that road users operating in Flagstaff County are working within legal allowances, therefore protecting the infrastructure from damage and increasing safety on our roadways.
Flagstaff County Peace Officers are contracted to provide enforcement services for the urban municipalities within the County.
Peace Officer Tips – February 2018
Alberta's Distracted Driving Law restricts the use of handheld electronic devices, reading printed materials in the vehicle, writing, printing, or sketching and personal grooming. Visit the distracted driving legislation page for more information.
Distracted driving facts:
- Since September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, through March 31, 2017, there have been 139,579 convictions.
- 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.
- Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions.
- Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive driver.
- The fine for distracted driving in Alberta is $287 and three demerit points.
- During 2016-17, male drivers accounted for nearly two-thirds of all convictions.
- Young male drivers, age 22 to 34 years, have the highest conviction rates.
When you are in your vehicle, your primary focus should be on driving. You cannot drive safely when you're distracted.
- Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel — put your focus where it should be.
- Multi-tasking while driving could prove to be a fatal error in judgment.
- Distracted driving literally impairs your driving ability.
- It only takes a second and a collision can occur.
- Sending even a short text can take a driver's eyes off the road for five seconds — enough time to travel the length of a football field.
For more information, check out these websites:
- 511.alberta.ca provides up–to-date road information including traffic delays and construction.
- Alberta Safe Roads
- Alberta Transportation
Community Resource Officer
Under an enhanced policing agreement Flagstaff County provides support for the Community Resource Officer. The Community Resource Officer builds positive relationships with children and youth by participating in school-based activities while focusing on prevention of domestic violence and bullying, with a larger role in cross-sector training and community education.
If you have questions about rural policing services or would like more information, please contact the RCMP.