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Background Information:

  • Between the years 2010-2014, the City of Grande Prairie saw a drastic 155% increase in the number of injury collisions occurring in the City.
  • The total direct cost of collisions in Grande Prairie for 2014 was foretasted to be $63,163,814.00
  • In December 2014 the City adopted the Safe City Roads Action Plan to level off and eventually reduce the high number of collision occurrences. The plan is based off four strategies (Enforcement, Education, Engineering and Analytics).

Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE):

ATE compliments but does not replace the need for traditional uniformed traffic enforcement. 

ATE Locations are approved by the RCMP using the following guidelines:

  • High-risk locations are those where the safety of citizens or police officers would be at risk through conventional enforcement methods.
  • High-frequency locations are those where data indicates motorists are ignoring or breaking traffic laws on an ongoing basis.
  • High-collision locations are those where data indicates a greater frequency of property damage, injury or fatal collisions.
  • High-pedestrian volume locations are those where data indicates a high volume of pedestrian traffic.
  • All school and playground zones.

To improve transparency and effectiveness a Traffic Safety Advisory Committee was formed in August 2016

  • Membership of the committee consists of RCMP, Enforcement, Engineering, Environmental Stewardship, Neighbourhood Associations, Industry and Public Members. The Committee mandate includes reviewing the effectiveness and merits of ATE site selections.

Global Traffic Limited is the ATE contractor for the City of Grande Prairie.

  • Mobile Photo Enforcement Operators are Peace Officers while on-duty. 
    • The training and appointment of the Operators is authorized by the Province of Alberta (Justice and Solicitor General). 
  • ATE vehicles are permitted to park on boulevards, shoulders and no parking areas under the authority of the Traffic Safety Act and the Traffic Bylaw. The City’s preference would be for them not to utilize these areas for parking but for some locations this is the safest approach. Similar provisions exist for utility workers.   
    • If a citizen has a specific concern with a parking location they are encouraged to contact Enforcement at es_contact@cityofgp.com so we can assess.

Several ATE technologies are deployed in the City of Grande Prairie.

  •  Global Traffic is authorized to perform the following mobile photo enforcement:  
    • Up to 160 hours per week of photo speed enforcement.
    • Up to 24 hours per week of photo stop sign enforcement.
    • Up to 24 hours per week of mobile red light enforcement
  • The City also utilizes fixed Intersection Safety Devices (Red Light Cameras) at high collision intersections throughout the City. 
    • The City has (10) cameras which can be deployed to track a specific direction at an intersection. The cameras will all be installed but activation will be rotated so that only 5 may be operational at any given time. 

Results:

There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of collision occurrences following the implementation of the Safe City Roads Action Plan in 2015.  

  • Injury collision rates have fallen by 48% from 2014 levels.
  • Overall collision rates have fallen by 33% from 2014 levels.

Automated Traffic Enforcement captured 48,001 traffic violations in 2016.

  • 45% of the speed violations are 41% of intersection violations were committed by non-resident vehicles. 
  • School and playground zone speeding violations have accounted for 52% of all speed violations in Jan/Feb 2017.
  • Not a single ATE violation ticket has been issued to a vehicle travelling between 0-9 km/h over the posted speed limit.

Fine Revenues:

The City collected $2,314,053 in fine revenue from ATE in 2016.

How is traffic fine revenue distributed?

  • ATE violations are issued as Provincial Violation Tickets. The Province of Alberta controls what the applicable fines are for each offense as well as the fine disbursement formulas for all collected revenue.
  • The City's portion of fine revenue is accounted for within the Enforcement budget and helps reduce the overall tax burden on residents for the expenses associated to policing the community. ATE fine revenue has directly funded the creation and on-going operating expenses of the RCMP drug unit, crime reduction unit, crime analyst and several civilian support positions.

 For More Information

 Contact Enforcement Services at 780-357-8732 or es_contact@cityofgp.com

Last updated: 9/28/2017 9:09:46 AM