Automated Traffic Enforcement
Safer Streets Through Safer Speeds
While speed doesn’t always cause crashes, it always determines the severity of a crash. This is because our speed creates a force and it’s our vehicle and our bodies that absorb this force in a crash. This means the faster we choose to travel, the more severe the crash will be.
But Everyone Speeds
Driving over the speed limit increases your chances of being in a crash, shortens the time you have to react to avoid a crash, increases stopping distance, and increases the severity of injuries in a collision. Speeding, even a little above the limit, puts lives at risk, especially pedestrians and cyclists.
In 2006, Edmonton had the worst traffic injury rate of any city in Canada (11.3 injuries/1000). In spite of the population growth since then, there has been a 60% decrease in the number of people injured from 2006 (8,221) to 2016 (3,305). We still have a ways to go to protect our family members and our friends.
The speed limit is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted. To remind drivers to watch their speed, the City uses speed-limit signs, photo-enforcement signs, driver-feedback signs that flash vehicle speed, and has made available the SmartTravel app that indicates when speed limits change.
Revenue generated by photo enforcement does not go into general revenue. The Province receives 16.67 per cent of total fines, 15 per cent goes to to Victims Services, Edmonton Police Service gets a base allocation, and the rest goes into a fund used for traffic safety. This money is used to make safer school zones, put in pedestrian crossing lights, and build safer intersections.