Traffic Safety and Photo Enforcement

Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology Policy

On August 30, 2016 the Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology Policy (CPS240/2016) was approved by Council.  The purpose of the policy is:

  • To provide Council’s direction for the use of Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology to ensure public awareness, fairness and consistency to residents and visitors within Morinville corporate limits.
  • To ensure the use of Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology for the purpose of traffic enforcement is not in contravention of the Province of Alberta’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology Guidelines and the Automated Traffic Enforcement Training Guidelines.
  • To ensure that the use of Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology is for the purpose of enhancing existing enforcement operations for the improvement of traffic and pedestrian safety in Morinville.
  • To support the goals of the Municipal Sustainability Plan in areas of Leadership, Governance, Safety and the responsible allocation of revenues.

To view the Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology Policy please click here.

A procedure on Photo Enforcement Technology Site Use was approved on August 30, 2016, focusing on six elements: Site Session, Location, Deployment Consideration, Time Consideration, Vehicle & Operator Identification and Site Selection Criteria. To view the Photo Enforcement Technology Site Use Administrative Procedure, please click here.

Site Selection Assessment

One or more of the following must exist before automated traffic enforcement technology is used at a specific site. The selection of this site for automated enforcement is justified as follows:

  • High-risk locations are those where the safety of citizens or police officers would be at risk through conventional enforcement methods;
  • High-frequency locations are those where data indicates motorists are ignoring or breaking traffic laws on an ongoing basis;
  • High-collision locations are those where data indicates a greater frequency of property damage,injury or fatal collisions
  • High-pedestrian volume locations are those where data indicates a high volume of pedestrian traffic

Automated Traffic Enforcement - Did you Know?

  • Since the Photo Enforcement Program began in 2009, approximately 10 million vehicles have passed through Morinville. 
  • As of 2013, a total of 27,895 speeding violations have been issued.
  • Despite the increase in traffic volume, there has been a 58% reduction in tickets issued over the past 3 years (8,672 violations in 2009/2010 vs. 3,684 violations in 2012/2013).
  • There are NO costs to the Morinville Tax Payer for the operation of the Photo enforcement program. Revenue is collected from those who violate the posted speed limit. Contractor assumes all risk for operating expenses based on a 40 hour work week.

Traffic Enforcement FAQs

How is the data collected through Photo Radar or other automated tools and technology used?


Automated tools and the regular deployment of technology like Photo Radar increase the ability to collect traffic information that normal traditional techniques do not.

Information collected through tools such as radar or laser equipment allow communities to look at statistical data that provides for better opportunities to address areas of concern. Whether its speeds along a road way, through school zones or intersection violations.

Electronic tools not only assist in the immediate notification of a violation, but they also have the ability to collect valuable ongoing traffic information.

Sharing data between municipalities also assists in targeting repeat offenders across multiple jurisdictions.

Since the Photo Enforcement Program began in July 2009, a total of 27,895 tickets have been issued (as of December, 2013).

  • 90% of all violations have been paid
  • Only 2% of these were withdrawn for one reason or another
  • Only .003% of the tickets issued were quashed by the Courts.
  • Majority of violations going through the court system are being upheld as the program is seen as valid.

Audits completed through the Alberta Solicitor General’s Office have also demonstrated that Morinville does work within the guidelines developed by the Province of Alberta and in most areas it was found to exceed many of the requirements.

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Morinville Transportation Study

The need to do a transportation study was initially identified through the Traffic Advisory Committee and included as a 2014 project recommendation in the annual Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Report.

Council approved the Transportation Study as an operating project for 2014.

Mr. Chun Man, Transportation Engineer for Urban Systems presented to Mayor and Council on October 28, 2014.