Photo Speed Enforcement
Through SGI, the Government of Saskatchewan is implementing a provincial wide Photo Speed Enforcement pilot project. Photo Speed Enforcement uses a scanning laser and camera to automatically identify speeding vehicles. Violations are mailed to motorists.
While this program was initiated by the Government of Saskatchewan and not the City of Saskatoon, the City will be working with the Saskatoon Police Service on the program's operation and enforcement in Saskatoon. Its effectiveness in reducing speeds will be evaluated. All infractions will be manually reviewed by a member of the Saskatoon Police Service who will use their discretion to confirm whether a speeding violation has occurred.
Two cameras were implemented in Saskatoon on December 8, 2014.
The first camera will rotate through five high-risk locations along Circle Drive:
- Airport Drive
- Circle Drive South Bridge
- Preston Avenue
- Taylor Street
- 108th Street
The second camera will rotate through the following five school zones:
- St. Michael Community School, 22 33rd Street East
- École Henry Kelsey School, 16 Valens Drive
- Brownell/St. Angela, Russell Road
- École Canadienne-Française, 1407 Albert Avenue (zone on Clarence Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets)
- Mother Teresa/Silverspring, Konihowski Road
Posted signs will clearly indicate where Photo Speed Enforcement is in use so it's not a surprise to drivers. Only warnings will be issued for the first two months after implementation.
What is this program about?
The pilot program was a recommendation made by the Government of Saskatchewan's Special Committee on Traffic Safety to calm traffic and reduce speed-related fatalities, injuries and collisions on Saskatchewan roads and highways.
Installation of Photo Speed Enforcement has been proven to prevent traffic collisions, injuries and deaths on roadways. It has also been proven as an effective way to reduce speeding and calming traffic in school zones. A 1996 British Columbia study showed a 26% reduction in fatal collisions and a 14% decrease in traffic collision injuries after the introduction of Photo Speed Enforcement in high-risk areas. An evaluation of Winnipeg’s use of Photo Speed Enforcement in school, playground and construction zones in 2011 indicated there were a 24% decrease in speed-related injury crashes at camera intersections and a 13% decrease in property-damage-only crashes at camera intersections.
Any revenues that are generated above the program costs will be used to fund traffic safety improvements and initiatives in the city. This may include measures to improve safety in residential neighbourhoods or in high collision locations throughout the city.
You can learn more about the program at SGI.