Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
What are the provincial regulations for photo radar?
The Provincial government has been working with municipalities and police services to adjust rules and regulations for photo enforcement. More information on the review, as well as current guidelines can be found at
New photo radar guidelines were announced in February 2019
Where can I pay for the ticket?
Tickets can be paid through the Provincial Court or by 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?
Ticket revenue is split between the Province, Municipality and the enforcement operator. As well, a 15% charge is added for the Victims of Crime fund. 40% of each ticket goes to the Province. The remainder is split between the operator (50% plus hourly rate) and the Town of Edson. The operator is financially responsible for all equipment, manpower, servicing, etc. Edson’s portion of revenue goes directly to funding policing in the community, as well as a reserve for public safety initiatives.