Edmonton’s photo-radar count grows, traffic deaths fall and debate hits City Hall

Edmonton’s traffic-safety plans are up for debate at City Hall Friday, including a report that says 63,227 drivers were ticketed for going less than 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit.

That figure might frustrate those caught for going just a little too fast. But officials find the photo radar program is helping to bring speeds and speed-related collision rates down. The city is seeing fatality and serious injuries at problem areas drop by 20 per cent.

The numbers are part of an annual report that also found Edmonton’s fatal and serious collision rates are edging slowly down. After a bad year in 2015, when more than 30 people were killed, the count in 2016 was just above 20 people killed.

Collision rates from the Vision Zero 2016 annual report.

Serious injuries were down to just above 300 in 2016, down from being consistently above 450 before 2010.

Council’s community services committee is expected to review and debate the annual report Friday morning. Mayor Don Iveson has called for a greater focus on pedestrian safety and creating safe, welcoming streets for people.

It’s unclear if the next steps identified in this annual report will meet that call.

The office of traffic safety has a varied program of work. Officials are continuing to target high-speed locations and high-collision locations with photo radar, and work through the city switching intersection timing to give drivers separate left-turn phases. That practice virtually eliminates dangerous T-bone collisions at the intersection treated.

For pedestrians, efforts include reducing speed limits in school zones. Officials are going through the city’s schools one by one to review safety for children on foot and make improvements. This year, Edmonton will reduce speed limits around junior high schools and is hosting a citywide debate on reducing speeds on residential roads.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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