Automated Traffic Enforcement
The City of Edmonton’s Safe Mobility team is pleased to share data relating to Automated Enforcement in Edmonton. The Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025 continues to make Vision Zero - the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads - a priority for the City of Edmonton. Automated enforcement plays a key role in achieving this goal, and making our streets safer and communities more vibrant.
In 2006, Edmonton had the worst traffic injury rate of any city in Canada (11.3 injuries/1000 citizens). Despite the population growth since then, there has been a 77% decrease in the number of people injured in collisions on public roads in Edmonton from 2006 (8,221) to 2020 (1,880). While this decrease is significant, we still have a long way to go to protect our loved ones and achieve Vision Zero.
Safer Streets Through Safer Speeds
Speed is a factor in frequency and severity of crashes. This is because our speed creates a force, and our vehicle and our bodies absorb this force in a crash. This means the faster we travel, the more severe the crash will be. You can help make Edmonton’s streets safer for everyone by always driving at safe speeds.
The vast majority of drivers are following speed limits in Edmonton.
The vast majority of drivers are following the speed limit in Edmonton. In 2020, 0.44% of observed vehicles through mobile photo enforcement were issued a ticket, down from 2.46% in 2015.
The percentage of drivers who received a ticket for driving 21+ km/h over the speed limit also dropped, from 0.189% in 2015 to 0.027% in 2020.
Enforcement is another tool used to encourage safe speeds. Automated Traffic Enforcement Zones, Intersection Safety Device Locations, and weekly mobile automated enforcement schedules are available here. These tools reflect the City’s approach to provide transparent and open public communication, which is a priority outlined in the Safe Mobility Strategy.
Speed limits are one tool used to encourage safe speeds. Effective August 6, 2021, the default speed limit on most of Edmonton's residential and downtown roads is 40 km/h. To remind drivers to drive safely, the City uses speed limit signs, photo enforcement signs, and driver feedback signs that indicate vehicle speed.
Revenue generated by photo enforcement does not go into the City of Edmonton’s general revenue. The Province receives 40% of total fines, 15% goes to Victims’ Services, Edmonton Police Service receives a base allocation of $22 million, and the rest goes into a specialized fund, the Traffic Safety Automated Enforcement Reserve, which is dedicated for reinvestments in traffic safety. This money is used to increase safety around schools, install pedestrian crossing lights, and build safer intersections.