Fast money slows down

$3 mil­lion drop in city’s photo radar rev­enue

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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.

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