The Town of Edson is committed to public safety. One of the areas of focus is traffic safety. Speed can be a dangerous thing, and through the use of photo enforcement, our goal is to reduce speeding in areas of concern. Edson is unique as we have residential, commercial and industrial zones along the highway with no service roads. As such, it's extremely important to monitor and enforce speeds on the highway, as well as in school zones and other problem areas. Below is a list of frequently asked questions on the photo enforcement program. Any further questions can be directed to our Protective Services Department at 780-723-3178.
Photo Enforcement Information (June 27, 2017)
Photo Enforcement Presentation - June 2017
What is Photo Enforcement
Photo enforcement is used in areas that have been deemed as high collision locations, high speed corridors, school and playground zones, constructions zones, or others based on citizen concerns. All sites are selected pursuant to the guidelines set out by the Province of Alberta.
Photo enforcement is also used to enforce speeding violations in locations where it is unsafe for police officers to conduct manual enforcement, as well as in areas where the safety of pedestrians or other drivers might be compromised by a manned traffic stop.
The current Photo Enforcement schedule/locations can be found here - Photo Enforcement Schedule
There are a number of considerations when selecting these enforcement locations.
- High Risk Locations - Where the safety of citizens or police officers would be a risk through conventional enforcement methods
- High Frequency Locations - Where motorists are ignoring or breaking traffic laws on an on-going basis
- High Collision Locations - Where there is a greater frequency of property damage, injury or fatal collisions
- High Pedestrian Volume Locations - Where there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic
Every year the selected locations are audited by the province to ensure guidelines are being met and proper signage is in place.
Where can I pay for the ticket?
Tickets can be paid through the Provincial Court or online following the directions on the notice.
I don’t agree with my ticket. Who can I contact to discuss?
Once a ticket is issued to the registered owner it becomes a Provincial Court matter. Options are listed on the notice/ticket.
Where do the photo enforcement revenues go?
Edson’s photo enforcement revenues are split three ways with approximately 30% going to the Town, 36% to the Province, and about 34% to the operator. Edson’s portion of the revenue goes 100% back into the Town’s policing budget, offsetting those costs which would normally come from general tax revenues. A portion of the Provincial funds go back into programs such as Victim Services. It’s also important to note that the operator is financially responsible for all equipment, manpower, servicing, etc.