Photo Radar, Traffic Safety, and the Automated Enforcement Reserve: How it Works #yegcc


The topic of photo radar is always a heated one: while many people feel the sting of fines, others support the role enforcement plays in making our roads safer. But photo radar isn’t just a punishment for bad driving behaviour – the revenues generated go directly towards traffic safety and community programs through the Traffic Safety and Automated Enforcement Reserve.

The fund, established last year by Council, must have a minimum balance of 5% of actual Automated Enforcement Revenue (the amount generated by tickets and fines).


So if you’ve gotten a ticket, where does the money go?


Breakdown of your speeding ticket:

  • 15% of the total fine is given to Victims Services.
  • 67% goes to the Alberta Government.
  • The remaining fine balance goes to the municipality.
  • Any late payment penalty attached to the fine goes to the province. Amount of $20 or 20%, whichever is greater.
  • Speed infractions follow the specified penalties as listed in the Alberta Traffic Safety Act.


The annual budgeted Automated Enforcement Revenue is intended to fund on-going traffic safety initiatives and other programs approved by City Council through the budget process.

An anticipated $18 million increase in revenue from enforcement tools like photo-radar—from $30 million in 2014 to $47.8 million by the end of 2015—has been allocated to traffic safety and community programs, leading to fewer collisions and safer roads.


Funding allocations from the reserve can be made to:

  • The Office of Traffic Safety
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Other traffic safety programs as approved by City Council in the budget
  • Community infrastructure programs such as, but not limited to, the Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program and the Community League Infrastructure Grant Program.


Of the $47.8 million in fines collected through photo enforcement, $18.8 million was allocated to Edmonton Police Service; $11.5 million supported the Office of Traffic Safety; $4.4 million was used to fund corporate traffic safety initiatives; $2.9 million was distributed to communities via the Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program; $6.3 million funded new traffic signals and other pedestrian safety infrastructure; and $3.9 million was returned to the reserve for future years.


So while a ticket might be painful, it’s doing a lot more within our communities to promote safe driving.