After a meeting with Alberta Transportation's Community Mobilization Consultants, Stony Plain Enforcement Services successfully applied for a grant to purchase flashing reflector lights as the first phase of a Crosswalk Safety Initiative Project.
These lights were handed out to children by Stony Plain Peace Officers, Stony Plain Bylaw Officer, and Stony Plain Firefighters during the first week back to school in 2018. Staff encouraged children to attach the reflectors to their coats or backpacks to increase their visibility when using crosswalks.
In phase two of the project a Stony Plain Community Peace Officer took on the task of completing a review of all crosswalks in Stony Plain to ensure they were in compliance with regulations and making recommendations to senior leadership to improve the visibility. These improvements are currently underway.
Another phase of this project brought Stony Plain Peace Officers into schools in Stony Plain to teach crosswalk safety with such techniques as “Pause, Point Proceed” and “Safer to Cross When Eyes Lock”. This year, at the request of a School Active Travel Coordinator, Stony Plain and Spruce Grove Peace Officers delivered this presentation together to a school in Spruce Grove.