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.