Fast money slows down
$3 million drop in city’s photo radar revenue
Edmontonians seem to be easing off the gas pedal, city staff told council Tuesday, but the decrease in speeding also means a big drop in photo radar cash.
Revenue from photo radar tickets dropped by $3 million this year, which means a deficit of 200,000 dollars for next year.
But Mayor Don Iveson is clear this is a good news story. “I’m very happy to see automated enforcement revenue dropping,” he said. “You know our Vision Zero is partly zero revenue from fines because people are complying and we have safer streets.”
While some councillors suggested looking for alternative funding programs for the same outcomes, city staff said they could make do with less.
Gerry Shimko, executive director of traffic safety, said his staff will offset some of the drop in revenue by replacing some of their equipment less frequently.
“We have taken preventative measures so we can actually extend the lifespan of some of our equipment to not replace it as quick,” he said.
He said they are using evidence based process to determine which locations need photo-radar installed.
The city has 150 photo radar locations and Shimko said they plan on adding more, especially in school zones.