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Resumption of Ticket Mail Out
Postal disruption in any part of Canada impacts whether a violation ticket sent by ordinary mail has been properly served. As a result, the City was required to suspend mailing violation tickets between September 20, 2018 and December 3, 2018 to ensure that service of violation tickets is valid.

Automated traffic-enforcement technology is an important tool to enhance traffic safety. It helps move Edmonton towards zero fatalities and major injuries.

Intersection Safety Camera Locations

How It Works

Intersection Safety Devices, known as red-light and speed-on-green cameras, monitor intersections and photograph vehicles that speed or run through red lights.

Traffic Safety installs and manages red-light and speed-on-green cameras in Edmonton. The Edmonton Police Service has been using them to enforce traffic laws at intersections since November 2009.

Understanding red-light and speed-on-green tickets

What It Does

Intersection Safety Cameras:

  • Deter drivers from running red lights and speeding
  • Lower the number and severity of collisions
  • Improve the safety of Edmonton’s roads

Intersections are high-risk locations for collisions. Risky behaviour like speeding and running red lights has serious consequences including collisions, injuries and death. These consequences are preventable.

How speed relates to deaths

Did You Know?

In Edmonton in 2017:

  • There were 13,924 collisions in intersections
  • That is 58.2% of all collisions in Edmonton
  • 70.6%  (2,393) of injury-related collisions happened at intersections
  • 13 people died in collisions at intersections

The direct cost of collisions in our region is estimated at $1 billion a year according to the Collision Cost Study done by Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership (CRISP).

Since 1999, the City has used cameras to photograph vehicles that run a red light. A 2006 study funded by the Edmonton Police Commission proved that these cameras cut collisions.

Collision Cost Study done by CRISP

Frequently Asked Questions

How do red light cameras work?

Red light cameras only photograph vehicles that enter a monitored intersection after the traffic light turns red. Our lane-specific technology detects moving vehicles and triggers the camera just before and after the vehicle enters the intersection to clearly show the violation occurred.

How are intersections chosen for intersection safety devices?

Intersections are chosen using Provincial guidelines. Edmonton Police Service reviews and approves the locations and then the intersection safety devices are installed.

Can the cameras identify a speeding vehicle in a line of traffic?

The angle at which the cameras are set enables pictures to be taken, even if the speeding vehicle is within a line of vehicles. The technology only allows a photo of a vehicle to be taken if it determines that vehicle has committed an offence. The photos are taken when the vehicle is at specific points on the roadway based on violation detection. The camera is permanently placed to best record a violating vehicle at that location. 

How do you know I was speeding when there is a vehicle travelling beside my vehicle in the photo?

Intersection Safety Device enforcement is lane specific. Speed-on-green and red-light cameras can monitor multiple lanes with the use of detectors embedded into the road surface or lane specific radar technology.

What happens after an intersection safety device takes a photo?

The picture is reviewed several times by different specially trained reviewers who make sure the vehicle  actually committed a violation. Once a violation has been verified, a violation ticket is issued and mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.

How do I know that the camera system is accurate and reliable?

Intersection Safety Devices undergo a comprehensive evaluation and testing procedure to ensure accuracy and reliability as required by the manufacturer and Province of Alberta Guidelines.

What do I do if I think the ticket was issued to me in error?

Once a Violation Ticket has been issued the matter is before the courts. This means that the decision to discontinue a ticket rests with the Crown Prosecutor's office or the Court. You can attend the hearing office on or before your court date to explain the situation or you can call Traffic Prosecutions at 780-422-1111 to request the matter be discontinued. This process can also be accessed if your vehicle or licence plate was reported stolen at the time the violation occurred.

For More Information

Traffic Safety

Telephone

780-495-0371

Fax 780-495-0383
Email transportationoperations@edmonton.ca

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