Alberta Extends Freeze on New Camera Radar Locations, Aims to Reduce “Cash Cow” Factor | The Canadian News

Alberta is extending a two-year freeze on any new photographic radar and says it will introduce new rules next year to ensure the speed limit enforcement device is used for safety and not as a source of revenue.

Transport Minister Rajan Sawhney says that the freezing of municipalities that add new photographic radars will continue until December 1.

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Meanwhile, he says, as of spring municipalities will not be allowed to use photographic radar in transition zones. They will also not be allowed to use photographic radar in construction zones, except when construction workers are present.

Photographic radars in school zones will only be allowed when classes are in session.

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Sawhney said the government has listened and is reacting to public concerns that photographic radar is being used primarily to trap motorists in speed transition zones to improve outcomes for municipalities.

“Albertans can be confident that these new rules will put an end to speed traps or speed traps with photographic radars,” Sawhney said at a news conference Wednesday.

“It’s about making sure a photographic radar is used to improve traffic safety.”

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There are 26 municipalities that use photographic radar, which generates about 200 million dollars in annual income that is distributed between the municipalities and the province.

The new rules will be rolled out in stages next year, starting in April.

Other planned changes include requiring that vehicles with photographic radar be clearly marked, something that is currently done with logos on the side of bright yellow trucks in Edmonton.

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Municipalities will be required to provide collision and safety data to justify why they are running photographic radar in certain locations.

Starting in June, site criteria that do not match security priorities will not be allowed.

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And next December, all photographic speed camera sites will be re-evaluated using new data and safety-oriented standards. Any municipality that wants to add a new photographic radar site will first have to try alternative measures, such as speed bumps.

Municipalities and law enforcement agencies will need to advertise new camera radar sites online and on social media portals.

The possible abuse of photographic radars has been debated for years in Alberta. In early 2019, the NDP government at the time commissioned a third-party report that estimated that photographic radar reduced traffic collisions by just 1.4 percent.

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Prime Minister Jason Kenney said the United Conservative government respects the right of municipalities to use photographic radar, but added that there is a limit.

“We have made it very clear in these revised guidelines, which will be applied, that if municipalities are misusing the power of photographic radar to basically generate revenue instead of focusing on traffic safety, then we will not allow that,” he said. Kenney.

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People can bring any concerns directly to city leaders, he said. He noted that residents of Drayton Valley, Alta., Held a referendum and voted to cancel the photographic radar.

“If there are other communities in the province that feel the same, they can have plebiscites, they can take motions to their municipalities and town halls.”

Photographic radar was introduced in Alberta in 1987.

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