The new gas-and-dash legislation comes into effect on June 1.
As a way to keep gas station workers safe, Albertans will be going to pay-at-the-pump or pre-pay only for gasoline.
"It isn't something that we need to take a lot of time to think about. It works in every other jurisdiction," said Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.
Most Fort Saskatchewan and area gas stations started the transition to the pre-pay system months ago.
"It's protecting the lives of people who are simply trying to put food on the table and doing us all a service," added McTeague.
Since 2014, Alberta has seen a number of convenience store robberies and gas-and-dash incidents result in the deaths of five workers and serious injuries to three.
If pay-at-the-pump isn't available, stations will ask for customers to pay cash or use a card in store before they start.
The Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers also has a few requirements to protect the employees overnight. They include video surveillance and good visibility, time-lock safes, and personal emergency transmitters to be worn by workers.

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