By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The province is restricting the use of automated traffic enforcement (ATE), in an effort to ensure photo radar technology is used for safety, not revenue.

The changes are expected to start in April.

“These changes respond to public concerns requesting the elimination of ‘fishing holes’ or speed traps while maintaining high levels of safety standards,” said Rajan Sawhney, provincial minister of transportation.

“Municipalities will be required to collect and provide data to support current and future site selection for photo radar.”

The restrictions will include placement at transition zones and residential roads with 50 km/h and less speed limits.

They will also not allow double ticketing within five minutes, and it will also mandate all photo radar enforcement vehicles be clearly visible.

“Alberta Motor Association (AMA) supports the government’s new policy direction, as it will ensure photo radar’s use is transparent, informed by data and strictly about improving traffic safety, not generating revenue,” said Jeff Kasbrick, AMA vice president of advocacy & operations.

Municipalities were prohibited in Nov. 2019 from installing new photo radar equipment, upgrading existing photo radar equipment, and adding new photo radar locations as part of a temporary freeze from the province.

The freeze has been extended to Dec. 1, 2022.

The province says that 26 municipalities have ATE photo radar; locally, the City of Grande Prairie is one.

This item is reprinted with permission from Town & Country News, Alberta.

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