The Office of Traffic Safety is prepping some stats for city council later this fall that they hope will help convince council that photo radar is a good idea. They’ve had a team of researchers at the U of A break down enforcement into three categories: mobile enforcement where they move from place to place, intersection safety where the cameras mounted up above track speed and running red lights, and the new specialty enforcement watching for who’s going over 30 km/hr in school zones.
So far, the report has captured the first two categories from 2006-2013, and the study has total collisions down anywhere from 13 to 25 percent over that seven year period.
“That’s consistent with the literature as well as what we’re seeing in terms of our collision reduction numbers so the alignment is quite good,” said executive director Gerry Shimko. Angle collisions are down significantly as well. Rear end crashes are also down but to a lesser extent. “We’re seeing that based on what it’s doing, (there is)… a reduction in these type of crashes and those type of crashes.”
“We run on an evidence based review of the program,” he said. “They’re saying that we are achieving results in terms of crash reductions. To us that’s what the program is designed to do.”
The message of slowing down is sticking with some drivers, so police are now seeing reductions in crashes in categories like ‘follow too close.’ “That’s certainly one of them,” Shimko said, “but there’s other things like ‘run off road’ and if it’s on the intersection safety side ‘fail to obey traffic control’ or ‘red light running’ or things of those nature.”
The study on what happens in school zones is still being compiled and will be ready in October.