Automated Traffic Enforcement

Thank you for visiting the City of Fort Saskatchewan automated traffic enforcement webpage where you can find information about traffic safety, collisions, collision costs, enforcement, and other ways the City is working to make our roads safer.

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Our Traffic Safety Goal
In 2018, City Council formally adopted Vision Zero as our traffic safety goal. Vision Zero to us means that no loss of life or serious injury arising from a collision is acceptable.
Our Traffic Safety Strategy
Traffic safety is a shared responsibility between motorists, pedestrians, road engineers and road-maintenance personnel, and the officers who enforce the rules of the road. This is why the City of Fort Saskatchewan utilizes a Safe System Approach to traffic safety. A Safe System Approach to traffic safety include elements of; Education, Engineering, Engagement, Enforcement and Evaluation (the 5 E’s), either individually or in combination.

Fort Saskatchewan analyzes collision data (time, date, location and cause), traffic data (type of vehicle, speeds and volumes), and sustained traffic safety complaints to determine if enforcement is required and where enforcement would best support Vision Zero. This approach to traffic safety ensures enforcement is conducted solely for traffic safety purposes.

Council Supports
Traffic safety is a community priority. Council supports and funds traffic safety through the annual budget process.

Municipal Enforcement Services and the RCMP receive annual funding to support traffic safety. Additionally, Council in 2017, funded a Protective Services Analyst who dedicates a portion of each week to collision and traffic analysis.

In 2018 and again in 2019, Council provided additional funding specifically allocated to traffic safety. In 2018, funds paid for:

  •  enhanced high-visibility cross-walks that use solar power for day/night lighting,
  • roadway redesign and re-engineering near schools,
  • education sessions including youth-specific bicycle safety programs,
  • pedestrian visibility initiatives and safety presentations for all of the K-6 grades,
  • Option 4 Programs whereby directed enforcement of a priority safety issue provided some motorists the option to attend an education session in lieu of fine payment, and much more.
About Enforcement

Enforcement Strategies include a combination of:

  • conventional enforcement (officers stopping motorists to address a traffic safety violation or concern),
  • photo-laser (hand-held devices that record a violation and result in the violating motorist receiving a ticket in the mail) and
  • intersection safety device cameras (fixed camera sites that record speeding and/or red-light violations that result in the violating motorist receiving a ticket in the mail).

Our own experiences in Fort Saskatchewan and extensive traffic safety research has proven a combination of conventional and automated enforcement works best to achieve desired traffic safety outcomes.

Cost of Collision Data

Based on collision costs cited in the 2018 Collision Cost Study Update Report (de Leur, P), the 2018 and 2017 collision cost for the City were:

 Collision Category 2018 2017 Variance
 Fatal Collisions  $0 $4,779,906  -$4,779,906
Major Collisions   $2,637,397 $2,637,397  $0 
Minor Collisions   $1,819,656 $1,617,472 $202,184 
Property Damage   $4,734,639 $7,137,936 -$2,403,297 
 Total  $9,191,692 $16,172,711 -$6,981,019 

Time, money and resources aimed to reduce serious collisions and associated costs have achieved a strong return on investment. In 2018, collision rates were $6.981 million less than those in 2017. While 2018 saw excellent results, there's much more to be done.

Our Results
The City of Fort Saskatchewan was averaging 1 to 2 fatal collisions per year leading up to 2008. In 2007, the City lowered the Highway 21 and Highway 15 speed limit to 70 km/h in part to address the number and nature of collisions along the urban highway corridor.

By 2008, our rate of fatal and injury collisions stood at 3.989 per 1000 residents. In 2009, the City introduced our first two intersection safety devices at problem intersections. That year, the two intersection safety devices recorded an average of 14 red-light violations per week or 7 per week per intersection.

Between 2008 and 2015, the City added additional police and peace officers, and additional intersection safety devices at high collision locations or approaches to those locations. In 2015, the intersection safety devices recorded an average of 4 red-light violations per week across multiple sites and our rate of fatal and injury collisions decreased to 1.872 per 1000 residents, a 53% reduction. By 2018, the overall rate of collisions decreased by 59.1% when compared to 2008.

Comparators20082009201520182008 - 2018 (Change)
Population 16,793 17,469 24,040 26,328 Increase of 9,535 or 56.8%
Fatal & Injury (F&I) Collisions 67 49 45 43 Decrease of 24 or 35.8%
F&I Collision Rate per 1000 Residents 3.989 2.805 1.872 1.633 Decrease of 59.1%
Number of Intersection Safety Devices (ISD) 0 2 4 9 Increase of 9
Number of ISD Locations 0 2 4 7 Increase of 7

Ticketed motorists make up less than one-quarter of 1% (.211%) of the total number of vehicles travelling through those intersections. The most recent trend is more motorist are obeying the law. Those who violate speed limits, do so less frequently and at lower average speeds.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan continues to strive to eliminate all fatal and serious injury collisions. Vision Zero is achievable and is a shared responsibility.