Strathcona County mobile photo radar to be removed Sept. 1
Five additional peace officers have been hired to conduct speed enforcement in Strathcona County. The peace officers will replace mobile photo radar devices, which have been used in the area for 15 years. SUPPLIED.
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:06PM MDT
They’ve been used in Strathcona County for approximately 15 years but beginning Sept. 1, residents will no longer see any mobile photo radar devices.
Last year, Strathcona County Council voted to abolish mobile photo radar enforcement and instead approve the hiring of five additional peace officers to conduct speed enforcement.
Red light and speeding cameras at intersections will continue to be used at seven intersections in Sherwood Park, including three on Baseline Road and four on Wye Road.
Strathcona County RCMP say the most noticeable change motorists can expect to see with the new peace officer initiative is demerit points being assessed for traffic violations as opposed to monetary penalties through mobile photo radar.
“This comes as a stark contrast as previously, this was not possible under photo radar enforcement provisions where the registered owner of the offending vehicle was issued a monetary penalty only as the driver was not identified,” RCMP said in a statement.
Police are reminding motorists that the following demerits are applied in speeding cases:
- 1-15 km/h over the posted speed limit - 2 demerit points
- 16-30 km/h over the posted speed limit - 3 demerit points
- 31-50 km/h over the posted speed limit - 4 demerit points
- Any speed in excess of 51 km/h over the posted limit - 6 demerit points
Individuals with a regular Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License can receive up a maximum of 15 demerit points before their driving privileges are revoked.
The community can expect to see additional peace officer presence in Strathcona County beginning Sept. 1.