By-Laws & Guidelines
Town of Altona Snowmobile by-law (in short)
- Snowmobiles are prohibited from traveling on any road in the Town of Altona
- You may operate a snowmobile in the Town of Altona for the purposes of taking the most direct route in and out of the Town of Altona on Street boulevards or private property (with permission)
- Any person operating a snowmobile within the limits of the Town of Altona must not travel at more that 10 kilometers per hour.
- Operating a snowmobile on School property is prohibited.
- Operation of snowmobiles in the Town of Altona is prohibited between the hours of 12 midnight and 7 o’clock in the morning.
- You must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid drivers license to operate a snowmobile.
- All other regulations and restrictions in respect to the operation of snowmobiles shall be those as provided for under the Off-Road Vehicles Act of the Province of Manitoba
- Any person who violates any provision of this by-law is subject to a fine or to a period of imprisonment of not more than 30 days unless otherwise provided for under any such Act of The Province of Manitoba.
Town of Altona Smoking by-law (in short)
- The use of tobacco products by any person(s) or employee(s) in any building owned or operated by the Town of Altona is prohibited.
- The Town of Altona authorizes and directs the installation and placing of “NO SMOKING” signs and “no use of tobacco products” signs within all buildings owned or operated by the Town of Altona.
- Every person(s), employee(s) or organization(s) who contravenes or refuses, neglects, omits, or fails to obey or observe any provision of this By-Law, is liable on summary conviction to a fine in accordance wit the fine schedule as set out in the Town of Altona Fines and Penalties By-Law
School Parking Zones
Just a reminder to the public that the Parking Zones at all schools in Altona will continue to be monitored in the new school year. This year is an ongoing campaign from the previous school year and is aimed at ensuring the safety of all concerned, especially the students.
Drivers are encouraged to become familiar with the signs posted in school zones, as Officers will be exercising zero tolerance in the interest of student safety.
Some of the offenses being enforced include Bus Loading Zones, No Stopping, No Parking, Facing Wrong Direction, Within Nine meters of Intersection and Obstructing Traffic. Passing a stopped school bus is now a $530.00 fine.
Stopped By The Police? What To Do.
There are so many different types of traffic stops and procedural considerations that it would be much too lengthy for discussion here. So, we'll try to keep it as brief as possible.
First off, regardless of what you hear anyone say, no traffic stop is "routine". For many reasons, traffic stops can be extremely dangerous. Not only does the officer have to think about the actions and behavior of the occupants within the vehicle, he/she must also be cognizant of the other vehicles driving past on the roadway. The next time you see someone pulled over, take notice how the Police car is probably slightly left of the stopped vehicle. This is done intentionally to give the officer a safety "aisle" from passing vehicles. As far as the public is concerned, let's take it from the point when you first realize that you are being pulled over. Manitoba law requires that upon the approach of "a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible or visual signal", you "immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection". Basically, you should safely pull over as soon as possible. Remember that a police officer will probably wait for the best (and safest) location before activating the lights to get you to pull over.
Once you have stopped your vehicle - stay in it. (Unless, of course, the officer orders you to exit it.) Staying in it is safer for both of you. Don't be surprised if the officer stays behind your driver's window a bit when talking to you. That is just a safety tactic. Police officers are trained to watch for unusual movements within the vehicle, as well as the driver's hands. So don't be taken aback if the officer asks you to keep your hands in the open where they can be seen.
Yes, we've heard it before - "But this is Altona, it can't be dangerous here." The sad fact is that police officers from even the smallest of towns have been killed during the commission of a routine traffic stop. Remember, the officer may not know anything about you, your past, or your intentions. He is just trying to keep everyone safe - you included.
Oh, and one more thing if we may. If you have ever had a bad experience with a police officer, please don't hold it against the next officer who stops you. Remember, we're all different.
How to Stop That Barking Dog
If it is still a puppy:
The time to attack the problem is during puppy hood; the barking habit can be a tough one to break in the adult dog. Let puppy sound his warning signals (bark) for a few seconds then reassure him ("It's all right, Spot"). He's done his job, and you've responded. He feels he has done his job and you have done yours.
If it is a back yard dog:
Too often, backyard dogs do a great deal of night time barking and howling. If this is the case with your dog, if the weather is warm, you can douse him with some water (not too cold) or turn a hose on him, to get your message across (some dogs like this, however, and will not respond). If your dog continues to bark for no apparent reason, place him inside your house or garage.
When it continues to bark:
After sounding his alarm and being calmed down, if he still continues to bark excitedly, speak directly to him with a commanding "Quiet!" If he still doesn't get the idea, demonstrate by dabbing a little lemon juice on his tongue and holding his mouth closed (being careful not to cut off his breathing passages) for a moment. Remember that you're teaching, not punishing, so don't further excite him by yelling or hitting him. Release him when he is calm again, letting him know everything is all right.
If it barks when nobody's home:
Leave a radio playing softly when you go out. It keeps the dog in better spirits. It may even lead him to believe you're in another part of the house. Get him used to being in a closed room by trying this when you are still home. If he still barks or howls the minute you leave him, tell him to stay and be a good dog, then walk out and close the door. The minute he starts to bark or howl, burst in and scold "NO! Bad dog. Quiet! Quiet!" then go away again, and wait outside. If he starts to bark or cry again, increase the intensity of your "Quiet" until he's sure you're always around the corner.
If it barks at any little noise:
The dog who barks at any little noise he hears needs extra special attention. This type of barking problem is best resolved by setting up the conditions under which you know he will bark For example: the arrival of the mailman, clanging cars going by or the neighbor's dog. When he begins to bark, tell him firmly "Quiet!" and be ready to enforce the command with correction. Until he knows the meaning of the word and knows that you will enforce it, take a folded magazine or newspaper and smack your own hands (not the dog's paws) smartly, at the same time giving the command "Quiet!"
The tied up dog:
If, for some reason, your dog must be tied up in the yard for hours at a time, make sure he will be as comfortable as possible. Often, dogs which are tied up do a great amount of barking. To reduce the probability of his barking, make sure he has sufficient shelter, which he can enter and exit comfortably. Keep a fresh bowl of water (or a controlled water container) and food nearby. And most important of all, be absolutely positive his rope is not too short and not too long (allowing him to tangle or hang himself). Take the time needed to be sure that he's not too crowded, causing him to step in his own food, water and feces. As a result, he will feel like a king in his own home, thus giving him one less reason to bark, howl or cry. It is so important however, to make your dog a real part of the family by keeping him in the house where he can be the best watchdog and companion. He will also be safer in the house. No one wants to be left out of the family! Eliminating this problem is time consuming and sometimes frustrating, but you'll be able to do it in two or three weeks, and you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that you're making your dog a better pet, neighbors and citizen.
Just a reminder: please keep our town clean and pick up after your animals.