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Why does the City post enforcement locations?

The goal is to have drivers obey the speed limit. Posting the enforcement locations lets drivers know that enforcement takes place all over Edmonton. We also use speed-limit signs, photo-enforcement signs and driver-feedback signs to warn drivers not to speed.

What are the top 10 photo-enforcement locations in 2016-2017?

The top 10 enforcement locations by hour in 2016 were:

  1. 170 Street between 118 and 114 Avenue Southbound
  2. 156 Street between 94 and 92 Avenue Southbound
  3. 82 Avenue between 93 and 95A Street
  4. Westbound Anthony Henday Drive and Ray Gibbon Drive
  5. Eastbound 106 Avenue between Rowland Road and 76 Street
  6. Westbound Gateway Boulevard – South of Anthony Henday Drive
  7. Northbound Gateway Boulevard at Ellerslie Road
  8. Northbound Yellowhead Trail at Anthony Henday Drive
  9. Eastbound Yellowhead Trail at 215 Street
  10. Eastbound Anthony Henday Drive at Yellowhead Trail Northbound

The top 10 enforcement locations by hour in 2017 were:

  1. 83 Street between Whyte Avenue - 86 Avenue
  2. Stony Plain Road between 178 - 182 Street
  3. Anthony Henday Drive and Ray Gibbon Drive
  4. 82 Avenue between 89 - 87 Street
  5. Yellowhead Trail at 7710 Yellowhead Trail
  6. 82 Avenue between 91 - 95A Street
  7. 170 Street between 118 - 114 Avenue
  8. Anthony Henday Drive between 66 Street - Manning Drive
  9. 156 Street between 94 - 92 Avenue
  10. 127 Street between 135 - 137 Avenue

(These stats based on single direction enforcement and accurate as of March 29, 2018)

The top 10 enforcement sites by tickets issued in 2017 were:

  1. Whitemud Drive between 91 - 99 Street
  2. Stony Plain Road between 178 - 182 Street
  3. Gateway Boluvard at Ellerslie Road
  4. Anthony Henday Drive at Ray Gibbon Drive
  5. Yellowhead Trail at 7710 Yellowhead Trail
  6. 170 Street between 118 - 114 Avenue
  7. Whitemud Drive between 50 - 75 Street
  8. 106 Avenue between Rowland Rd - 76 Street
  9. 102 Avenue between 138 - 137 Street
  10. Saskatchewan Drive between 87 - University Avenue

(These stats based on single direction enforcement and accurate as of March 29, 2018)

Does the City use automated enforcement at the top crash intersections?

Yes. 11 of the 20 top crash intersections in 2016 have intersection safety cameras (red light and speed on green). Mobile automated enforcement is also used on roads leading up to the top crash sites. Slowing traffic at high-collision intersections reduces the number of crashes and the severity of injuries when crashes do happen.

How many photo/laser radar tickets were issued in 2015-2017?
Range of Exceeded Limit 2015 2016 2017
1-5 Over the speed limit
6-10 Over the speed limit
11-15 Over the speed limit
16-20 Over the speed limit
21-50 Over the speed limit
50+ Over the speed limit
-
59,544
217,646
152,264
68,396
377
-
63,226
254,292
143,816
61,182
264
-
46,155
224,716
132,179
55,223
235
Grand Total 498,227 522,780 458,508

Note the decline in speeding tickets. Automated enforcement makes our streets safer.
(These numbers represent mobile automated enforcement and were extracted February 7, 2018)

How many tickets are issued through Intersection Safety Devices?

Intersection Safety Devices (ISD), commonly known as red-light cameras or speed-on-green cameras, are mounted at intersections to reduce speeding and collisions. In 2017, intersection cameras captured violations and tickets were issued for:

  • Red light running  13,793
  • Speeding 133,659
Where does the money from photo enforcement go?

Revenue generated by photo enforcement does NOT go into general revenue. Revenue from photo radar is spent on traffic safety programs, not on general City expenses.

Revenue covers operating costs of automated enforcement including a base allocation to Edmonton Police Service. In 2015, Edmonton Police Service received $18 million from automated enforcement.

  • 15% of the total fine is given to Victims Services
  • 16.67% goes to the Alberta Government
  • The remaining fine balance goes to the Reserve Fund and is used to fund safety and community projects at Council’s direction
  • Any late payment penalty attached to the fine goes to the Province (amount of $20 or 20%, whichever is greater)
  • Speed infractions follow the specified penalties as listed in the Alberta Traffic Safety Act
What traffic safety improvements are done with photo enforcement revenue?

Some engineering improvements to traffic safety include installation of:

  • Protected-only left turn phases at the signalized intersection to reduce left-turn-across-path type collisions
  • Pedestrian signals and pedestrian amber flashers at pedestrian crossings to improve pedestrian safety
  • Driver-feedback signs to let drivers know if they are speeding
  • Retro-reflective tapes and additional traffic-signal fixtures to improve the signal-head visibility at signalized intersections

Photo-enforcement revenue is also used for:

  • Redesigning of right-turn cut-offs at major intersections to reduce followed-too-close type crashes
  • Implementation of engineering improvements at schools to increase the safety of our children
Is photo enforcement automatic or is it under control of the Operators?

Each violation is reviewed by the Operator for accuracy and other related variables. During Photo Enforcement Operations, the City of Edmonton set the enforcement threshold in order to target drivers travelling above the posted speed limit.

Are all Photo Enforcement Operators in the City of Edmonton qualified in the province of Alberta?

Mobile Photo Enforcement units are staffed by an Operator.  Each potential violation is reviewed ​by the Operator for accuracy and other related variables to ensure the speed is recorded accurately.  Each potential violation is uploaded to our database. 

Intersection Safety Devices automatically record both speeding and red light violations when they occur and automatically transfer those potential violations to our database. Our Reviewers then independently review each potential violation a minimum of five separate times for accuracy and validity before a violation ticket is issued.  

The enforcement threshold of speed limits for Photo Enforcement is set by the City of Edmonton and not by individual Photo Enforcement Operators. 

How are Photo Enforcement sites selected?

All sites are selected in accordance with the Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology Guidelines, in relation to high collision corridors, citizen complaints, school zones, construction zones or a history of speeding.

Why aren't photo-enforcement vehicles clearly marked?

The purpose of tickets is to hurt the pocketbook so that drivers say "ouch" and change their driving behaviour. If drivers slow down only until they are past the photo radar unit, then you can bet that they also speed where our children cross the streets.

Covert enforcement acts as a general deterrence because drivers believe that they can receive speeding tickets anywhere at any time.

Does photo enforcement reduce collisions and injuries?

In 2014, Dr. Karim El Basyouny and his team from the University of Alberta conducted a study of the impact that automated mobile speed enforcement on the frequency and severity of different types of motor vehicle collisions on Edmonton roadways. The study showed that there were significant reductions in all collision severities and types as described below:

 

 

  • Severe collisions (fatal and injury): reduction of 32.1%
  • Property Damage Only collisions: reduction of 28.7%
  • Total collisions: reduction of 27.7%
  • Speed related property damage only collisions: reduction of 27.3%
  • Speed related collisions: reduction of 26.7% 

 

 

 

Why is enforcement used on roads with no pedestrians like Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday?

28% of fatalities (excluding pedestrians and cyclists) happen on Edmonton roads with posted speeds of 80 km/h or above.

Has photo radar been challenged in court?

Photo radar has been challenged on technical and constitutional arguments, up to the Court of Appeal in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. However, the issue of photo radar has withstood all appeals and petitions.

Violators are photographed as they pass by photo-enforcement locations enabling police to produce valid evidence in court.

Why is the City so fixated on speeding?

Although speed doesn’t always cause crashes, it always determines the severity of a crash. Our bodies are fragile, and even a small difference in speed can mean the difference between life and death. This is especially true for pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. In 2017, more than 23,000 collisions occurred on Edmonton roadways. More than 3,800 people were injured, and 27 were killed. Collisions result in higher insurance premiums, increased wait times for emergency services, higher taxes, legal costs, lost productivity and travel delays. If we consider the pain and suffering of victims, or lives cut short, the cost of collisions is immeasurable.

For More Information

Photo Enforcement Inquiries

Telephone 780-496-5656

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