Photo enforcement is on the table for discussion at Council’s May 14 regular meeting after a discussion at the Mar. 19 committee of the whole meeting. – Morinville News File Photo
by Colin Smith
Morinville’s Automated Traffic Enforcement, aka photo radar, program came up for discussion once again at Town Council’s March 19 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Several Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE) options were presented to councillors to discuss at the meeting as per a motion last November.
On November 27, Council passed a motion 6-1 by Councillor Nicole Boutestein directing Administration to negotiate a contract extension with current ATE contractor Global Traffic for up to one additional year, as the contract was due to expire April 21.
Council also directed Administration to bring forward alternatives that might include internal and external options for ATE service delivery.
Morinville and Global Traffic subsequently agreed on a one-year extension of the agreement, with a 30-day notification of cancellation required by either party. The ATE program operates 25 hours per week, with RCMP oversight of the program. Under the contract, ATE Services could be expanded to include road intersection monitoring.
Continuing to operate with the existing contract was one of the ATE policy options presented to councillors. Others included ending the ATE program without replacement; looking an in-house or regional program; and replacing ATE with officer-based enforcement.
The policy was referred to the May 14 regular meeting of Council.
According to Mayor Barry Turner, information based on continuing the current ATE contract will be considered, as well that related to an in-house or regional program.
“The information gathered will explore what operating an in-house program may look like, and explore the possibility of working with other municipalities to operate the program,” he said.
“Council will consider the information presented at that time and make a more informed decision at that point regarding what ATE may look like going forward.”
2018 Automatic Traffic Enforcement statistics
Automated traffic enforcement tickets issued: 1870
Average speed captured: 15.52 kilometres over the speed limit
Maximum speed recorded and violation ticket issued: 197 km/h in a 50-km/h zone
Average fine amount: $135.33
Court appearances: 22
Tickets quashed or withdrawn: 68
Tickets receiving reduced fines from the prosecutor: 3
Incidents of people approaching the enforcement vehicle: 12