Full implementation of automated traffic enforcement at select intersections in Red Deer will be delayed after City Council decided to modify the timeframe from August 11 to November 1, 2017 to start issuing violation tickets. There will also be an increased focus on public education so that citizens and drivers understand the expanded program before they get a ticket in the mail.
“This increased timeframe enables us to share information with citizens who might not yet know about automated traffic enforcement at these intersections. It is similar to photo radar; however, it focuses on intersection safety, and aims to improve the safety of high collision intersections in our community,” said Paul Goranson, Director of Protective Services.
The new automated traffic enforcement, sometimes known as speed on green, enables the RCMP to ticket drivers for speeding through intersections.
Right now, ten traffic cameras in Red Deer issue tickets for red light infractions; they operate in four locations at a time and rotate around the city. The same cameras will be used to record vehicles speeding through the intersections.
During the warning periods, vehicles speeding through these identified intersections will be photographed and the registered owner of the vehicle will be issued a warning ticket through the mail. After November 1, 2017, there will be a fine associated with these infractions.
All intersections equipped with traffic cameras have signage at them indicating the presence of the equipment. The locations of the cameras for each period are posted on The City of Red Deer website and shared with local media. Beginning immediately, those communications will reflect the addition of speed enforcement at intersections and will reiterate the date on which tickets will begin to be issued.
“Warning tickets are one of the key tools we can use to motivate behaviour change and encourage people to drive the speed limit, before they get an actual violation ticket,” said Goranson.
Speed infractions follow the specified penalties as listed in the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. Demerit points are not issued for these.
Red Deer City Council approved the implementation of automated intersection speed enforcement during their Operating Budget debates in January 2017. The program is in keeping with The City of Red Deer and Red Deer RCMP’s commitment to creating safer roads and improving intersection safety.
Four cameras are rotated through the following 10 Red Deer locations:
- 32 St. – 30 Ave. eastbound
- 32 St. – 30 Ave. southbound
- 50 St. – 30 Ave. eastbound
- 50 St. – 30 Ave. northbound
- 49 St. – 49 Ave. northbound
- 76 St. – 50 Ave. northbound
- 59 St. – 50 Ave. southbound
- 32 St. – Taylor Drive southbound
- 67 St. – 50 Ave. northbound
- 32 St. – 50 Ave. southbound
Director of Protective Services
Red Deer RCMP