Enforcement at intersections
Intersections are the number one priority for enforcement efforts in Strathcona County. RCMP and Enforcement Services regularly patrol stop signs to increase driver awareness and compliance.
Intersection Safety Devices (red light/speed on green cameras)
Strathcona County uses many tools to improve intersection safety. An Intersection Safety Device (ISD) is considered when red light and speed infractions are resulting in collisions.
This video, captured by ISDs in Sherwood Park, shows examples of unsafe driver behaviours in our community (note the failures to make a complete stop at the red light, before turning right):
Red Light? Turning Right? Make a full stop before you turn. It’s the law.
Be sure to stop fully and ensure it is safe to proceed, before entering the crosswalk area. This video shows how to properly negotiate a right turn on a red light:
Strathcona County uses Intersection Safety Devices (ISDs) at several major intersection:
- Wye Road and Ordze Road (westbound)
- Wye Road and Sherwood Drive (eastbound)
- Wye Road and Brentwood Boulevard (east and westbound)
- Wye Road and Clover Bar Road (eastbound)
- Baseline Road and Broadmoor Boulevard (westbound)
- Baseline Road and Sherwood Drive (west and southbound)
- Baseline Road and Clover Bar Road (westbound)
- Sherwood Drive and Fir Street (southbound)
- NEW: Sherwood Drive and Granada Boulevard/Festival Way (north, south and westbound)
- NEW: Baseline Road and 17 Street (east and westbound)
- Coming soon: Baseline Road and 17 Street (north and southbound)
Registered vehicle owners will receive violation ticket(s) when:
- Entering the intersection when the light is red,
- Exceeding the posted speed limit, and/or
- Failing to come to a complete stop at a red light before turning right.
In Alberta, the Solicitor General provides very specific guidelines for automated enforcement use and evaluation requirements.
In the County
Strathcona County has developed additional measures to ensure ISDs in our community are safety-focused, transparent and accountable. These guidelines define a more rigorous site selection process and evaluation process.
ISDs are only one tool to improve intersection safety. When a high collision location is identified, a full review done to identify all potential actions that can improve safety, according to Strathcona County's Intersection Safety Action Plan (1.7 MB)
For detailed information, read: Intersection Safety Device Program (513.8 KB)
The Solicitor General Strathcona requires a full audit of the County’s ISD program every three years to ensure compliance with provincial regulation.
Further to Solicitor General requirements, Strathcona County monitors collision trends and violation statistics at all ISD locations to ensure ISDs are having the desired safety benefit.
Frequently Asked Questions about automated red light and speed detection cameras
1. Does someone review the recordings before motorists are ticketed?Permanent link to Does someone review the recordings before motorists are ticketed?
Yes, trained personnel review every recording to verify the vehicle is in violation of the traffic signal. Tickets are mailed to vehicle owners where it is clear the vehicle ran the red light or was over the set threshold speed.
2. What are the fines and demerit points for tickets issued by an ISD?Permanent link to What are the fines and demerit points for tickets issued by an ISD?
The registered owner of the vehicle in violation of a red light will receive a $388.00 (as of May 1, 2015) ticket. Speed infractions follow the specified penalties as listed in the Alberta Traffic Safety Act for speed offences. Registered owner violations do not carry any demerits.
3. Will I be ticketed if I am in the intersection waiting to turn left and I have to turn on the red after traffic clears?Permanent link to Will I be ticketed if I am in the intersection waiting to turn left and I have to turn on the red after traffic clears?
No, as long as the vehicle did not enter the intersection after the light turned red, it will not receive a violation.
4. What percentage of drivers travelling through an intersection are ticketed by ISDs?Permanent link to What percentage of drivers travelling through an intersection are ticketed by ISDs?
Existing ISD sites in Strathcona County have been very effective at reducing the number of violations at those intersections. In 2017, 44,293,674 vehicles were monitored by the cameras. Speed offences were detected in 0.037% of vehicles and 0.0017% of vehicles violated the red light.
5. Are the intersections with red-light cameras signed to warn motorists?Permanent link to Are the intersections with red-light cameras signed to warn motorists?
The intersections using the intersection safety devices are signed in all four directions.
6. Isn't regular police enforcement enough?Permanent link to Isn't regular police enforcement enough?
It is difficult for police to enforce red-light infractions because the police must follow offenders through the light to catch them. This can endanger other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as the officers. Communities also can't afford to have police patrol intersections as often as necessary to catch drivers who run red lights. The cameras allow police to focus on other enforcement priorities.
7. What is the County’s cost of operating Intersection Safety Devices (ISD)?Permanent link to What is the County’s cost of operating Intersection Safety Devices (ISD)?
There is no cost to the County to operate the ISDs. A portion of fines collected for violations go to the contractor to cover the cost of ISD operation.
8. Who can I contact if I have a question about my ticket?Permanent link to Who can I contact if I have a question about my ticket?
Call Global Traffic Group Ltd. at 780-987-4949 to discuss any questions you have about your red light/speed detection ticket.
- Visit the Global Traffic Group Ltd. Website:
- Global Traffic Group
9. Why does Strathcona County use automated enforcement?Permanent link to Why does Strathcona County use automated enforcement?
ISDs improve safety by reducing:
- the number of “T-bone” crashes
- the severity of “T-bone”crashes
- the incidence of speeding at intersections
They also improve safety for vulnerable road users by encouraging drivers to come to a full stop before turning right.
To access traffic safety research reports and publications, visit the Government of Alberta’s Transportation website.
RCMP and Enforcement Services
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