Traffic Safety: Vision Zero

We are committed to increasing traffic safety. Over the last decade, we've reduced fatal and serious collisions by 46%. Yet, people are still injured in traffic collisions. The impact can be life changing for everyone; families, first responders, and the community. Whether you drive, walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus, traffic safety affects everyone.

Let's get our families home safe. No loss of life or serious injury collision is acceptable.

View the City of Fort Saskatchewan's Traffic Safety Plan

View our 2018 Traffic Safety Survey Results

Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE)

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.

Automated traffic enforcement (ATE) technology, combined with other transportation safety strategies, such as education and awareness, can help reduce the number and severity of collisions on our highways.

Photo Laser Sites may be active at any of the following locations:

  • All School Zones (During School Days)
  • All Playground Zones
  • Highway 21 (All directions)
  • Highway 15 (All directions)
  • 99 Avenue (East and Westbound)
  • River Road (East and Westbound)
  • Southfort Drive (North and Southbound)
  • 86 Avenue (North and Southbound)

Intersection Safety Device Systems are active at the following intersections:

  • Highway 21 and Southfort Boulevard
  • Highway 21 and 84 Street
  • Highway 21 and Highway 15 (North and Southbound)
  • Highway 15 and 101 Street
  • Highway 15 and 114 Street
  • 99 Avenue at 95 Street

View Automated Enforcement Locations Map

ATE Data

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 2019, the overall rate of collisions decreased by 87% when compared to 2008.

Comparators200820092015201820192008 - 2019 (Change)
Population 16,793 17,469 24,040 26,328 26,942 60%
Fatal & Injury (F&I) Collisions 67 49 45 43 52 -36%
F&I Collision Rate per 1000 Residents 3.989 2.805 1.872 1.633 0.518 -87%
Number of Intersection Safety Devices (ISD) 0 2 4 9 9 Increase of 9
Number of ISD Locations 0 2 4 7 7 Increase of 7

Ticketed motorists make up less than one-quarter of a percent (0.102%) 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.

Automated Traffic Enforcement: Issued Violations
Category201820192020% Change
2018-2020
Speed on Green 15,909 20,400 13,508 -15%
Red Light 551 420 403 -27%
Photo Radar 687 484 152 -78%
Total 18,111 23,638 14,063 -22%
2020 January to December - City of Fort Saskatchewan Intersection Safety Device Data
SiteLocationVehicle County at SiteSpeed on Green Issued TicketsRed Light Issued TicketsTotal Issued ViolationsPercent Ticketed
601 HWY 15 SW BND @ HWY 21 1,092,390 111 27 137 0.00125
608 HWY 21 NE BND @ HWY 15 1,828,036 192 12 204 0.00116
609 HWY 21 NE BND TURN LANE @ HWY 15 639,257 0 128 128 0.002
602 HWY 15 NE BND @ 101 ST 1,235,752 98 31 129 0.004
603 HWY 21 SW BND @ 84 ST 2,161,329 1,438 50 1,488 0.068
604 HWY 21 NE BND @ SOUTHFORT BLVD 1,563,172 1,070 24 1,094 0.070
605 99 AVE NE BND @ 95 ST 866,474 3,599 100 3,699 0.43
606 HWY 15 SW BND @ 114 ST 1,801,289 3,469 13 3,482 0.19
607 HWY 15 NE BND @ 114 ST 1,565,027 3,528 18 3,546 0.23
Total 12,752,726 13,505 403 13,914 0.109

Less than 1% of traffic through the ISD sites receive a speeding or red light violation.

Intersection Safety Device Site Collision Data
SiteLocationFatalMajorMinorProperty DamageTotal
'18 '19 '20 '18 '19 '20 '18 '19 '20 '18 '19 '20 2018-2020

601

608

609

HWY 15 SW BND @ HWY 21 HWY 21 NE BND @ HWY 15 HWY 21 NE BND TURN LANE @ HWY 15 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 4 6 9 8 7 40
602 HWY 15 NE BND @ 101 ST 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 8 9 22
603 HWY 21 SW BND @ 84 ST 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 5 1 13
604 HWY 21 NE BND @ SOUTHFORT BLVD 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 5 10
605 99 AVE NE BND @ 95 ST 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 4

606

607

HWY 15 SW BND @ 114 ST HWY 15 NE BND @ 114 ST 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 6
ATE FAQ

The City uses various kinds of automated traffic enforcement, in accordance with provincial guidelines.

Locations:

Automated traffic enforcement are located at various approved locations (can link with our location list) within the city. Locations where automated traffic enforcement is conducted is reviewed and approved on multiple levels, including the Justice & Solicitor General’s office. Areas where enforcement is focused on includes:

  • high collision locations;
  • where conventional enforcement is unsafe or ineffective;
  • high pedestrian volume locations;
  • school and playground zones or parks areas;
  • construction zones;
  • areas where the public or community has expressed concerns related to speeding or other high risk driving behaviors.

Fines are set by the Province of Alberta and listed in the specified penalties listed in the Alberta Traffic Safety Act.

How are locations for automated traffic enforcement selected?

Automated traffic enforcement is used on roadways where collisions, violation rates and/or safety are a concern.

The frequency and severity of collisions are factored into deciding where automated traffic enforcement will be located. For example, while a location may have a very low frequency of collisions, the severity of those collisions may be severe enough to warrant additional enforcement in order to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

All locations are reviewed and approved by the RCMP and subject to audits by the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General. Automated enforcement locations are posted on our website.

Automated enforcement vehicles are permitted by the Traffic Safety Act to park on boulevards, shoulders and other no parking areas while performing their duties. 

What is the difference between mobile and fixed intersection automated traffic enforcement? 

Mobile Automated Traffic Enforcement

Used to monitor speed, red light and stop sign infractions, mobile automated traffic enforcement uses vehicle-mounted equipment or portable systems that are controlled by an operator who is either inside a vehicle or located nearby, watching the infraction(s) occur. Mobile automated traffic enforcement is used between intersections and at intersections on a temporary basis. Mobile equipment takes both still images and video footage of violating vehicles, and records the location, date and time of the infraction(s). A trained and qualified peace officer sits with the equipment, observes the violating vehicles and makes notes accordingly. The equipment and technology utilized goes through regular testing as required by the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General.

Fixed Intersection Automated Traffic Enforcement

Fixed intersection automated traffic enforcement systems are fully automated and mounted above or before intersections to capture red light and speed violations. In the case of a red light violation, lane-specific technology that detects moving vehicles triggers the camera just before and after the vehicle enters the intersection to clearly show a red light violation occurred. In the case of speed violations, the same lane-specific technology identifies the violating vehicle and captures the required evidence of the violation. Although an operator is not present at the intersection, a peace officer does review any violation(s) captured by the fixed intersection system to confirm and determine that an offence has occurred.

Why is automated traffic enforcement used?

Automated traffic enforcement is one tool that is used to promote safe driving in Fort Saskatchewan. It helps change/improve driving behaviours and encourages drivers to follow the rules of the road without taking away from other priorities and enforcement efforts in our city. Speeding, running red lights and failing to stop at stop signs are leading causes of serious and fatal collisions. Many cities use automated traffic enforcement and have seen improvements in overall road safety. 

Isn’t regular enforcement enough?
It is difficult for police/peace officers to enforce red light and speed infractions at intersections because they must follow offenders through the intersection, potentially against the light, to catch them. This can endanger other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as the officers. The cameras allow police/peace officers to focus on other enforcement priorities.
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.

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.
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.

Provincial Regulation

The Alberta Justice and Solicitor General provides guidelines for automated enforcement use and evaluation requirements.

View the Automated Traffic Enforcement Guideline

Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership (CRISP)

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is a proud partner of the Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership; an organization with a focus on intersection safety through the sharing or resources and best practices in the areas of education, engineering, and enforcement.

Speed increases stopping distance chart

Collision Data

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has made progress on reducing fatalities and serious injuries as well as overall total collisions on our roadways over the years. With the implementation of the Safety System Approach to traffic safety which encourages a better understanding of the key elements of the road system, road users including: drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, roads and roadsides and travel speeds.

Safe Systems diagram

Collisions At a Glance

2020 Collision Quick Facts

  • 286 Collisions were reported in the City of Fort Saskatchewan;
  • 42 Injury-related collisions were reported;
  • 1 fatal collision event occurred, resulting in 2 fatalities and 1 major injury;
  • 39 of the 42 injury-related collisions were minor injuries; where the injured party was assessed roadside and able to proceed home without medical intervention;
  • 3 of the 42 injury-related collisions were major injuries; where the injured party was transported to hospital for immediate medical needs;
  • Rear-end collisions was the most common collision-event type;
  • 19% of reported collisions took place on Thursdays;
  • 5PM had the highest frequency of reported collisions;
  • The highest number of reported collisions took place in January (46) and least took place in April (7);
  • 75% of reported collisions involved two vehicles, 20% involved single vehicle collisions and 5% involved 3+ vehicles.
  • 44% of reported collisions took place in intersections;
  • 21% of reported collisions took place in parking lots;
  • ZERO pedestrian-related collisions were reported!

Monitoring collision trends

The RCMP and Municipal Enforcement Services monitors the previous years collision trends to help plan for key focus areas for the upcoming year. Some of the key focus areas include:

  • Speed – speed increases both the frequency and severity of motor vehicle collisions.
  • Intersections – the majority of fatal and serious injury collisions are intersection related.
  • Education – the majority of collisions are the result of driver behavior. Protective Services will focus on Education and Awareness around safe driving behavior.

City of Fort Saskatchewan Collision Data

Total reported collisions chart

City of Fort Saskatchewan Collision Data
Type of Collision 2017 2018 2019 2020 Total % Change
2017-2020
Total Collisions 536 369 354 286 1544 -47%
Property Damage Collisions 496 323 302 243 1364 -51%
Injury Collisions 38 46 50 42 176 11%
Minor Injuries 32 40 44 39 155 22%
Major Injuries 6 6 6 3 21 -50%
Fatal Events 2 0 2 1 5 -50%
Vulnerable Road User Collisions 9 10 11 5 34 44%
Pedestrians 7 6 4 0 17 N/A
Cyclists 1 1 3 3 8 200%
Motorcyclists 1 3 4 2 10 100%
Primary Cause of Collision
Primary Injury Collision Event 2017 2018 2019 2020 % Change
2017-2020
Total Fatal Events 2 0 2 1 -50%
Struck Object 2 0 0 1 -50%
Left Turn Across Path 0 0 2 0 N/A
Total Injury Collisions 38 46 50 42 11%
Rear End 14 15 18 18 29%
Struck Object 15 14 19 13 -13%
Left Turn Across Path 6 10 8 5 -17%
Right Angle 2 6 2 2 0
Backed Up 1 0 2 1 0
Side Swipe 0 1 1 0 0
Off-Road 0 0 0 3 N/A

* Collisions involving rear-end are the primary cause of injury collisions

PREVENT Rear-End Collisions

  • Following to Close
  • Failing to maintain the proper safe distance between two vehicles
  • Driver distracted driving
  • Failing to account for road conditions
  • Speeding

Vulnerable Road User Collisions

Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders share the roadways with all vehicle operators on a daily basis. These road users, termed vulnerable road users, have less protection than drivers of other types of transportation, making them more vulnerable to imminent roadway hazards.

35 collisions involving vulnerable road users have occurred in the City of Fort Saskatchewan from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

Vulnerable Road User Collisions chart

Vulnerable Road User Collision
Type of Collision 2017 2018 2019 2020 Total % Change
2017-2020
Vulnerable Road User Collisions 9 10 11 5 34 44%
Pedestrians 7 6 4 0 17 N/A
Cyclists 1 1 3 3 8 200%
Motorcyclists 1 3 4 2 10 100%
Photo Laser Sites
Photo Laser Sites may be active at any of the following locations:
  • All School Zones (During School Days)
  • All Playground Zones
  • Highway 21 (All directions)
  • Highway 15 (All directions)
  • 99 Avenue (East and Westbound)
  • River Road (East and Westbound)
  • Southfort Drive (North and Southbound)
  • 86 Avenue (North and Southbound)

Intersection Safety Device Systems are active at the following intersections:

  • Highway 21 and Southfort Boulevard
  • Highway 21 and 84 Street
  • Highway 21 and Highway 15 (North and Southbound)
  • Highway 15 and 101 Street
  • Highway 15 and 114 Street
  • 99 Avenue at 95 Street

View Automated Enforcement Locations Map

Speed Display Signs

The City of Fort Saskatchewan Municipal Enforcement Services houses speed sign data through 10 digital sites across the City. These sites are not to be confused with automated enforcement cameras as they do not visually record passing vehicles nor relay license plate or vehicle descriptors. Speed display sites solely capture the speed of passing vehicles and instantly relays the registered speed to the vehicle driver and occupants, and further to the end-user (MES).

These digital signs display driver speed data, making drivers aware that they are travelling under, at, or above the speed limit. The goal is for speeding drivers to reduce their speeds once they realize they are travelling too fast. Driver feedback signs operate on the feedback loop theory: when people are presented with information about their performance, they tend to notice and improve. Digital speed signs active this theory by alerting speeding drivers to their current speeds with posted speed limit signs. The 10 sites have been installed in areas where speeding has been brought up as a concern and they are further used to gather information to see if additional traffic control measures are needed. This technology is much more than just a device for traffic calming, as it is also a necessary partner in conventional speed limit enforcement efforts.

Average Speeds from Speed Display Signs

Average Speeds from Speed Display Signs chart

**All above speed average recordings display speed averages below or at the posted speed limit

Speed Display Signs Locations

Map of speed display sign locations

 

Traffic Safety Working Group

The Traffic Safety Working Group includes members from Protective Services, RCMP, Municipal Enforcement, Transportation, Engineering and Project Management, Fire, Industry, Elk Island School Transportation Administration. This group shares the responsibility for traffic safety in the City of Fort Saskatchewan and addresses traffic safety concerns from an interdepartmental perspective to achieve the safest possible conditions for all users of our roadways.

The Traffic Safety Working Group provides expertise, conducts research, analyze data and make recommendations to the City in relation to traffic safety concerns.

Report a traffic safety concern

Vision Zero

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is a proud member of the Vision Zero Network.

What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is the long term goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

Vision Zero Guiding Principles

  • We all make mistakes
  • No loss of life is acceptable
  • Traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable
  • We are physically vulnerable when involved in motor vehicle collisions
  • Eliminating fatalities and serious injuries is a shared responsibility between road users and engineers

How will we achieve vision zero?

Vision Zero is a long-term strategy, that means changes to infrastructure and traffic safety culture will take time. The Safe Systems Model is an evidence-based approach that allows us to check, guide and improve traffic safety by considering how all parts of the transportation system interact.

We will eliminate serious injury using the Safe System Approach, and the five E's of traffic safety:

  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Engagement
  • Evaluation

Fort Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Initiatives

  • Bike Rodeo – Education on bicycle safety for youth
  • Option 4 Program – Education in lieu of fine option
  • Flashing Pedestrian Crosswalks
  • Speed Display Signs – providing feedback to drivers on speeds
  • M.E and You Messages – providing education and information on various topics
  • Joint Forces Traffic Safety Operations