Photo radar is established in multiple locations throughout Canmore to both enforce the posted speed limits within town limits, as well as to raise awareness on the dangers of excess speed in residential areas. All photo radar locations are approved by the Canmore RCMP and meet guidelines set out by the Province of Alberta, and an pdf annual report (267 KB) is submitted to them.
Update November 26, 2019: The provincial government is working with municipalities to refine rules for photo radar site selection, operational restrictions, and data collection. The Town of Canmore is complying with all current regulations, including several changes that were implemented in 2019, and will not be installing new or upgraded photo radar devices, or deploying existing photo radar equipment to new locations. For more information, visit their website.
These sites are not selected randomly and include one or more of the following criteria:
- Playground zones
- Areas where conventional enforcement is unsafe or ineffective
- Areas with an identifiable, documented history of speeding problems
- Areas where the public or a community has expressed concerns related to speeding
Sites can also include construction zones, however photo radar has not been used in construction zones to date.
The Town of Canmore contracts its photo radar program to a contractor who employs operators that are appointed as Town of Canmore Peace Officers. These officers use the vehicle cameras to conduct photo radar enforcement in Town.
Council continues to support the philosophy that photo radar has contributed to the safety of the community throughout the years because the data shows photo radar changes behavior and slows people down. Photo radar services will be contracted until 2022.
Photo Radar Revenues
Net revenues are put into a reserve account which funds expenses related to policing and or traffic safety initiatives deemed appropriate by Town Council. Since 2007 $3.9 million dollars of revenues have funded the following programs and traffic safety initiatives:
- Mobile speed display signs and audible traffic signals have been installed.
- An additional RCMP officer for the town was added to the detachment compliment in 2008 which was funded by photo radar revenues. Since 2011, the funding for 1.5 RCMP officers has been funded through photo radar revenues, rather than through municipal taxes.
- Pedestrian crossing lights were installed on the east side of the Bow River Bridge.
- Pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure was improved to increase the comfort, safety, and enjoyment of alternative modes of transportation.
- Enhancements to the Bow Valley Trail CPR crossing.
- Cougar Creek parking and pathway improvements.
- Curb ramps added to sidewalks, and multi-use pathways, parking areas.
- Improved safety of pedestrian crossing by installing pre-cast medians to slow traffic and provide pedestrians with refuge.