Police are releasing statistics to prove photo radar is good.
The controversial method of speed enforcement is under provincial review.
"In our budget, we were just shy of $3-million [made]," said Brad Ward, director of Municipal Enforcement in Fort Saskatchewan. "But I always want to take it back to, what is the cost of speeding and the [resulting] collisions."
In 2010, the Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership did a cost analysis of collisions in the region. Based on 2007 numbers, the cost of fatal, injury and property damage collisions was $909 million. By 2010, it was estimated to be over $1 billion. A report is currently being put together for 2017's costs.
"Revenue is nothing more than a deterrent for the people that are committing the offences," explained Ward. "Our objective would be to have zero revenue and zero violations, if everyone obeyed the laws, everyone would be far safer out there, there wouldn't be the fatal collisions and the serious injury collisions."
For every dollar generated through photo radar, 32 per cent goes to the province with 15 per cent of that going to the Victim of Crime fund. The balance goes to the court administration process to pay for the people processing the fines.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan has a Traffic Safety Initiative fund, roughly eight per cent would go to that fund. The initiative helps pay for various things to improve roadway safety such as "Your Speed" signs, road markings and sign as well as other traffic calming methods. Another small percentage goes to an image processing centre that manages the picture portion of the ticket. The rest goes to the city to spend as they see fit.
While only four other provinces allow photo radar, Alberta is the only one that permits mobile speed cameras outside school and construction zones. Provincial guidelines state that it's only to be used in areas with high collisions, a history of speeders and high pedestrian traffic.
Edmonton's police chief, Rod Knecht, said in his city, the speed limit on roads like the Anthony Henday should be increased to 110 km/h due to the amount of drivers that receive tickets on the Henday at around that speed. Knecht believes that would reduce the amount of tickets handed out on the busy ring road.
Photo radar was introduced in 1993 as a tool for police to use on roads where it was unsafe to pull a vehicle over and deliver a fine.