1. What locations are included in the 2-year photo speed enforcement pilot?
The 2-year photo speed enforcement pilot includes the following 8 locations:
- Highway 1 and 9th Ave. intersection in Moose Jaw
- Highway 1 east between Pilot Butte and White City
- Highway 12 at Martensville
- Circle Drive in Saskatoon
- Ring Road in Regina
- select school zones in Saskatoon
- select school zones in Regina
- select school zone in Moose Jaw
2. How were the photo speed enforcement sites selected?
The locations chosen are high speed, high traffic volume and high-risk locations, where having an enforcement officer on the side of the road is very dangerous.
3. Why are you putting photo speed enforcement in school zones? Those aren’t high-speed locations.
School zones were selected for the pilot due to their high-risk nature - not because they are a high-collision area but because of the vulnerability of children in these areas (similar to the vulnerability of highway workers in work zones). Children are not always aware of traffic rules and may dart out into traffic unexpectedly. A reduced speed limit means you have more time to react and stop if that were to happen.
4. What school zones are included in the pilot?
Photo speed enforced school zones include the following:
Regina school zones:
- Thom Collegiate and O’Neill High School on Argyle St.
- Winston Knoll Collegiate and Riffel High School on Rochdale Blvd.
- Campbell Collegiate and Massey School on Massey Rd.
- Imperial School on Broad St.
- Judge Bryant School on Dewdney Ave.
Saskatoon school zones:
- St. Michael Community School on 33rd St. E.
- Ecole Henry Kelsey School on Valens Dr.
- Brownell School on Russell Rd.
- Ecole Canadienne-Francaise on Albert Ave.
- Mother Teresa School and Silverspring School on Konihowski Rd.
Note: Since Saskatoon school zone speed limits are not in effect during the summer months, the Saskatoon school zone camera will be relocated to Circle Drive for July and August.
Moose Jaw school zones:
- Palliser Heights School on Grace St.
- William Grayson School on Caribou St. West
5. Who selected these particular school zones?
The particular school zones were selected by the municipalities and their police services.
6. Why were Highway 1 east and Highway 12 at Martensville added to the pilot? They weren’t previously included.
The addition of photo speed enforcement at these locations builds on action undertaken in June 2014 to reduce the speed limit to 90 km/h on these busy stretches of highway. The goal is to reduce speed to improve safety for the large number of vehicles that access the highway from the adjacent communities. These are high-risk corridors with high traffic volumes, where merging from minor roads onto the highways is extremely dangerous.
7. When did the photo speed enforcement cameras begin operating at each location?
The camera located at the intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Ave. in Moose Jaw began operating on Nov. 14, 2014. The cameras at the remaining high-speed locations (including Highway 12 at Martensville; Highway 1 east between the Pilot Butte turnoff and White City; Ring Road in Regina; and Circle Drive in Saskatoon) began operating on Dec. 8, 2014. The cameras at selected school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw began operating on Dec. 9, 2014.
8. When did the warning period start at all locations?
The warning period began on Nov. 14, 2014 at the Highway 1 and 9th Ave. location in Moose Jaw and on Dec. 8, 2014 at all other locations. Live ticketing began on March 8, 2015 at all locations.
9. How long was the warning period?
The warning period was 3 months, beginning Dec. 8, 2014. Since the camera began operating at the Highway 1 location in Moose Jaw on Nov. 14, the warning period at that location ended up being longer than 3 months. However, to avoid any confusion with multiple start dates, we marked Dec. 8, 2014 as the official start date of the warning period. During this time, drivers exceeding the speed limit were mailed a warning instead of a ticket.
10. When did you start issuing tickets??
Tickets started being issued on March 8, 2015 at all locations.
11. How many cameras are at each photo speed enforcement location?
There is 1 camera at each of the 8 locations, for a total of 8 cameras.
Note: Since Saskatoon school zone speed limits are not in effect during the summer months, the Saskatoon school zone camera will be relocated to Circle Drive for July and August. That means there will be 2 cameras on Circle Drive in July and August.
12. Are the cameras stationary at those locations, or do they move around?
Each of the 8 photo-speed-enforced areas have 1 camera for use in that area, but more than 1 camera site. There are 28 different camera sites, as outlined below:
- Ring Road - 5 camera sites
- Circle Drive - 5 camera sites
- Highway 1 and 9th Ave intersection in Moose Jaw - 2 camera sites
- Highway 1 east between Pilot Butte and White City - 2 camera sites
- Highway 12 at Martensville - 2 camera sites
- select school zones in Regina - 5 camera sites
- select school zones in Saskatoon - 5 camera sites
- select school zones in Moose Jaw - 2 camera sites
For example, on Circle Drive in Saskatoon, there are 5 sites where the camera could be located along that corridor, but only 1 camera that rotates to the different sites.
13. What are the 5 camera sites on the Ring Road in Regina?
Ring Road camera sites are:
- Ring Road east of Argyle St.
- Ring Road north of Ross Ave.
- Ring Road north of Assiniboine Ave.
- Ring Road south of Wascana Parkway (facing south)
- Ring Road south of Wascana Parkway (facing north)
14. What are the 5 camera sites on Circle Drive in Saskatoon?
Circle Drive camera sites include:
- Airport Dr.
- Circle Drive South Bridge
- Preston Ave.
- Taylor St.
- 108th St.
15. How many collisions occur each year on the high-speed roadways?
Note: Collisions involving property damage only with damage less than $5,000 are not included in the collision totals.
Highway 1 east between Pilot Butte turnoff and White City:
|5-year average from 2010-2014||29||18||1|
Note: These statistics encompass the following area: Highway No. 1 from a point of 700 m east of the intersection between Highway No. 1 and Highway No. 48 to a point 800 m west of the intersection between Highway No. 1 and the Pilot Butte Access Road.
Highway 12 at Martensville:
|5-year average from 2010-2014||10||8||0.2|
Note: These statistics encompass the following area: Highway No. 12 from a point 1900 m south of the intersection of Highway No. 12 and Main Street in the City of Martensville, Saskatchewan to a point 400 m north of the intersection of Highway No. 12 and Main Street in the City of Martensville, Saskatchewan.
Collisions Along Ring Road in Regina:
|5-year average from 2010-2014||121||40||0|
Note: These statistics encompass the following area: from the intersection of Ring Road and Pasqua Street to the point where the Ring Road meets Lewvan Drive. Collisions that occurred on the on/off ramps along this corridor are included in the numbers.
Circle Drive in Saskatoon:
|5-year average from 2010-2014||818||195||1|
Note: These statistics encompass the following area: from the intersection of Circle Drive and Taylor Street to the intersection of Circle Drive and South Bridge.
Intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Ave. in Moose Jaw:
|5-year average from 2010-2014||3||1||0|
Note: These statistics encompass the following area: Highway No.1 from a point 500 metres east of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Highway No. 1 in the City of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to a point 500 metres west of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Highway No. 1 in the City of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
16. How many people were injured in school zones in 2014?
In 2014, there were 40 collisions in school zones in the province, resulting in 15 injuries.
17. Why photo speed enforcement? Why not traditional enforcement?
The high speed and high traffic volume of these locations makes it very dangerous to have an enforcement officer on the side of the road.
18. How can the public tell a location is photo speed enforced?
Posted signs clearly indicate that photo speed enforcement is in use in these corridors, so it is not a surprise to motorists.
At the high-speed locations, large yellow signs with black lettering inform motorists they are about to enter a photo-speed enforced zone (signs are approx. 1.2 m x 3 m (4’ by 10’) ).
At the school zone locations, smaller yellow signs with black lettering are in use.
Black and white regulatory signs are posted throughout all photo-speed-enforced locations.
19. Who is paying for the photo speed enforcement pilot? What is the cost?
SGI is paying for the 2-year pilot. The cost to SGI is approximately $4.5 million. This includes the cost of:
- the cameras and their installation
- ticket processing
20. Why is SGI so involved with this? Usually RCMP and police services operate independently.
SGI sees photo speed enforcement as a key element in a comprehensive plan to improve road safety. One of the recommendations made by the all-party Special Committee on Traffic Safety was a 2-year pilot photo speed enforcement program. SGI, working with enforcement partners in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, as well as the RCMP, assisted in organizing and implementing the program.
21. Isn't photo speed enforcement just a cash-grab?
The intent of photo speed enforcement is to calm traffic, since drivers reduce their speed to avoid a ticket. Photo speed enforcement areas are clearly and visibly signed. Posted signs clearly indicate photo speed enforcement is in use so it is not a surprise to drivers. The goal is zero tickets because that would mean no one is speeding. We want people to slow down in these high-risk locations to avoid collisions and any resulting injuries or fatalities.
22. Has photo speed enforcement been proven to work in other jurisdictions?
Yes - we looked at many different jurisdictions, around the world. Some Canadian examples:
- An evaluation of Winnipeg’s use of photo speed enforcement in school, playground and construction zones in 2011 indicated there were a 24% decrease in speed-related injury crashes at camera intersections and 13% decrease in property-damage-only crashes at camera intersections1. A study in 1996 in British Columbia showed there was a 26% reduction in fatal collisions and a 14% decrease in traffic collision injuries after photo speed enforcement was introduced in high-risk areas2.
- Ontario introduced a photo radar program in 1994 as a speed-enforcement tool. The program only lasted a year, although it was found to have reduced travel speed and crashes3.
- In 2009, Quebec began a pilot project using photo radar and red-light cameras to manage speed in 15 high-risk locations. On roads covered by photo radar, evaluations found driving speeds dropped by an average 12 km/h during the first 4 months of the project; there were also 25% fewer collisions. There was a 10% drop in accidents at intersections covered by red-light cameras4.
23. Is Saskatchewan’s model similar to that of other jurisdictions?
We’ve studied the best practices and failures for photo speed enforcement in other jurisdictions and developed a unique program that we believe will work in Saskatchewan to reduce speed-related injuries and fatalities. Some other jurisdictions, for example, used “travelling” or mobile cameras with little or no signage or promotion of any sort. Some programs, perhaps, put more of a focus on revenue generation.
In Saskatchewan this is about safety - not revenue.
Saskatchewan’s photo speed enforcement locations are fixed, public, highly visible with large and obvious signage, and have been well advertised through traditional and social media.
We have been very transparent with our photo speed enforcement project. There should be no confusion or surprises that drivers have entered a photo speed enforced location. Our goal is for zero tickets and zero dollars. That’s why we’ve been so transparent about our program.
If 1 life is saved, this program will be considered successful.
24. What is the fine for speeding in the photo-speed-enforced locations?
Fines for speeding vary depending where the vehicle were speeding (high-speed location or school zone location) and how fast the vehicle was going. See the table below for details. Note that speeding fine amounts are the same whether a vehicle is caught speeding by a photo speed enforcement camera or a police officer.
|High speed locations||School zone locations|
|Fine per km, up to 30 km/h over posted speed limit||$1||$2|
|Fine per km, if between 30-35 km/h over posted speed limit||$1||$4|
|Fine per km, if more than 35 km/h over posted speed limit||$4; base fine also increases to $140||$4|
|Victims of Crime surcharge||Varies, depending on total fine amount:
||Same as High speed locations|
High-speed location examples
If a vehicle was going 111 km/h in a 90 km/h zone, the fine would be $131. The vehicle is 21 km/h over the posted speed limit.
- $70 (base fine) + [$1 (fine per km) x 21 (speed over limit)] + $40 (victims surcharge) = $131
If a vehicle was going 143 km/h in a 100 km/h zone, the fine would be $372. The vehicle is 43 km/h over the posted speed limit.
- $140 (base fine) + [$4 (fine per km) x 43 (speed over limit)] + $60 (victims surcharge) = $372
School zone location examples
If a vehicle was going 45 km/h in a 30 km/h school zone, the fine would be $220. The vehicle is 15 km/h over the posted speed limit.
- $140 (base fine) + [$2 (fine per km) x 15 (speed over limit)] + $50 (victims surcharge) = $220
If a vehicle was going 81 km/h in a 40 km/h school zone, the fine would be $364. The vehicle is 41 km/h over the posted speed limit.
- $140 (base fine) + [$4 (fine per km) x 41 (speed over limit)] + $60 (victims surcharge) = $364
Note: These are some examples only and do not include all possible fine scenarios. The fine charged will be determined based on the posted speed limit and how fast the vehicle was going.
25. How many kilometres over the speed limit are you allowed before a ticket is issued?
Any speed over the posted speed limit is considered speeding and may result in a ticket being issued. SGI does not endorse any breach of the law. However, we are aware that in manual enforcement, law enforcement may allow a tolerance, based on their discretion and depending on the situation. For the practical application of this type of program, a certain level of tolerance may be established by law enforcement.
26. Where does the money from photo speed enforcement go?
Any revenue generated through photo speed enforcement will be designated for traffic safety initiatives such as highway infrastructure improvements and costs of dedicated traffic enforcement (after cost-recovery of the cameras).
27. What do you mean by "cost-recovery of the cameras"?
Cost-recovery means that any revenue from photo speed enforcement will first go towards the cost of implementing, operating and maintaining the photo speed enforcement units. Any revenue over and above those costs will be designated for traffic safety initiatives.
28. Specifically what kind of traffic safety promotion and programs will the revenue go towards?
Examples of traffic safety initiatives where photo speed enforcement ticket revenue may be designated include improvements to highway infrastructure, funding for dedicated traffic enforcement, purchase of additional automated licence plate readers and public awareness programming.
29. How is the revenue divided between the municipality and province?
Additional revenue over and above the cost of the program will be invested back into traffic safety, allocated as follows:
- Highway 1 east between Pilot Butte and White City - to provincial traffic safety initiatives
- Highway 12 at Martensville - to provincial traffic safety initiatives
- Ring Road and school zones in Regina - to municipal traffic safety initiatives
- Circle Drive and school zones in Saskatoon - to municipal traffic safety initiatives
- Highway 1 and 9th Ave. intersection and school zones in Moose Jaw - to municipal traffic safety initiatives
30. What company is doing this work?
Xerox Business Services Canada Inc. was selected for the photo speed enforcement pilot.
31. How did SGI choose Xerox to do the work?
SGI issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) and Xerox was the vendor chosen during the RFP process.
32. How much is Xerox being paid?
SGI is paying Xerox a monthly per-camera fee structure of about $20,000 per month. With 8 camera locations over a 2-year period, that works out to about $3.8 million. This includes the lease cost of the camera and installation as well as ticket processing.
33. Is there someone that validates the ticket before it goes out?
Tickets are validated by the applicable law enforcement agency and mailed out by Xerox.
34. What exactly is the process?
Here is a step-by-step overview of what happens:
- camera takes a picture of the offending vehicle
- file is uploaded to Xerox
- Xerox sends the list of licence plate numbers to SGI
- SGI sends Xerox back a file with the registered owner information for the specific licence plate numbers
- Xerox employee (sworn in Saskatchewan as a Commissioner of Oath) validates that the licence plate is legible i.e. not obscured by snow, ice, a trailer hitch, etc.
- file is uploaded to the applicable police service
- applicable police service issues the ticket, meaning they validate the ticket and it is populated with the peace officer’s badge number
- file is sent back to Xerox
- Xerox mails out the ticket to the registered owner of the offending vehicle
- customer pays the fine to the Ministry of Justice (Provincial Court of Saskatchewan)
35. What is Xerox's role in determining whether or not I get a ticket?
The Xerox employee (Commissioner of Oath, sworn-in in Saskatchewan) does not determine whether a ticket will be issued based on the speed travelled. Any tolerance or threshold over the speed limit is determined by law enforcement. The photo speed enforcement camera will not even take a picture unless the vehicle goes over that threshold (once again, determined by law enforcement). The Commissioner of Oath verifies that the licence plate is legible (for example, it is not obscured by dirt, snow, a trailer hitch, etc.).
36. Does this mean people pay their fines directly to Xerox?
No, fines are paid to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.
37. Who mails out the ticket?
Xerox, in their capacity of Saskatchewan Commissioner of Oaths, mails out the ticket to the registered owner of the offending vehicle, on behalf of the applicable law enforcement agency. For example, if you were speeding on the Ring Road in Regina, the ticket would come on behalf of the Regina Police Service.
38. Does this mean Xerox has access to SGI's database?
No, Xerox does not have access to SGI's database. Xerox will send a file with licence plate numbers to SGI, and SGI will send Xerox back a file with the registered owner information for those specific plate numbers.
39. You keep referring to it as "photo speed enforcement". Isn't it the same thing as photo radar?
No - they are not the same thing. Photo radar actually uses radar. Photo speed enforcement uses laser-based technology.
40. How does the photo speed enforcement technology work?
This is a laser-based speed enforcement system. It uses a scanning laser to identify a vehicle, track it and calculate the speed of the vehicle. If the vehicle meets the criteria for a speed violation, the system will take a photograph of the offending vehicle. The photo will show all data related to the offence, including time, date, speed, etc. In the photo, the offending vehicle will be shown with a box around the licence plate, with the licence plate number enlarged so it can be easily identified and it’s clear which vehicle the camera was targeting.
41. How do you know the technology (speed reading) is accurate?
The system performs self diagnostics at start-up to ensure that it is operating correctly. It is tested and certified before leaving the factory to meet the standards of a speed instrument. The cameras are checked on a daily basis, to ensure they are functioning properly.
42. How do you know you have the right vehicle? What if you got 1 vehicle mixed up with the vehicle travelling beside it?
Unique to this system (the Vitronic Poliscan system) is the ability to track multiple vehicles at a time. The system uses a scanning laser to track multiple vehicles through the detection zone. Since each vehicle produces a unique set of reflections, the system receives multiple reflections from the scanning laser and is able to determine which reflections come from which vehicle. This allows the system to clearly identify the offending vehicle even when there are multiple vehicles in the scene. This video demonstrates how the Vitronic Poliscan technology works.
43. Is photo speed enforcement automatic or is it under control of the operators?
This photo speed enforcement pilot program will be automatic. The high-speed nature of the selected corridors is not conducive to having operators controlling the cameras. It could be very dangerous for them.
44. Will photo speed enforcement run 24/7?
Yes, on the high-speed roadways. The cameras in the school zones will run during the hours and days the school zones are operational.
45. How many photo speed enforcement units are deployed throughout Saskatchewan?
There are 8 units being used as part of the 2-year photo speed enrforcement pilot, 1 in use in each of the high-risk locations (for a total of 5), and 1 each for use in school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw (for a total of 3).
In addition, there are currently 3 photo speed enforcement units in use throughout highway work zones in the province.
46. If other municipalities want to adopt this practice, does that require another legislation change?
The legislation and regulation changes that were made for the pilot project are very specific to the locations that are involved - Highway 1 east between Pilot Butte and White City, on Highway 12 at Martensville, Circle Drive in Saskatoon, Ring Road in Regina, the intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Ave. in Moose Jaw, and the selected school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw.
47. How long after an offence does it take to receive an offence notice/ticket?
The turn-around for tickets to be delivered to offenders is approximately 7 working days.
48. Is the evidence, including licence plate photo and speed recorded, included with the ticket?
Yes, the photograph, which includes the date, time and speed, is included with the ticket.
49. What if I don't agree? How do I contest a ticket?
Once a speeding offence ticket has been issued, it becomes a provincial court matter. Options are listed on the back of the speeding offence ticket as to how you may deal with or contest the speeding offence ticket.
50. What are the payment options?
An offender has the following choices for paying a fine:
- by Visa/MasterCard online
- by mail to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan Box 5030 Regina, SK S4P ET9
Note: Cheques/money orders should be made payable to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan
- in person at any Saskatchewan Provincial Court office. All offices accept Visa/MasterCard and debit card payments
- by Visa/MasterCard by calling 1-888-935-5555 or 306-787-7821 (Regina)
51. I sent in my ticket payment by cheque a few weeks ago. Why has my cheque not cleared my bank account? Who do I call to confirm that my ticket payment has been received?
All payments received for fines and subsequent transactions are the responsibility of the Provincial Court. If you require further information, please call 306-787-7821 (in Regina and outside Canada), 1-888-935-5555 (toll free), or visit your closest Provincial Court office.
Note: Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday to Friday and closed on all recognized government holidays.
52. Could a ticket issued by photo speed enforcement impact the cost of my driver's licence?
A conviction for speeding based on photo speed enforcement will not appear on your driver's abstract nor will any demerit points be assessed under the Safe Driver Recognition or Driver Improvement Programs.
If you are a commercial carrier the conviction for this offence will be recorded on your National Safety Code (NSC) Profile. This conviction will not appear on your driver's abstract nor will any demerit points be assessed under the Safe Driver Recognition program or Driver Improvement Program.
53. On my photo speeding ticket, for the information regarding date and time, why does it say "On or About"?
The wording is part of the provincially legislated form and required for legal purposes.
54. What if the driver of the vehicle isn't the owner of the vehicle? Can the ticket be issued to the driver?
No. Provincial legislation holds the registered owner responsible for the violation. Under The Traffic Safety Act, the registered owner is legally responsible for the manner in which his or her vehicle is driven.
The registered owner information is on file with SGI. The registered owner is the person summoned and therefore responsible for responding by the due date noted, as explained on the front and back of the offence notice/ticket. There is an option on the back of the offence notice/ticket where the registered owner can authorize another person to respond on their behalf, however the registered owner remains responsible.
55. Could I have my offence notice/ticket mailed to a different address or pick it up in person?
No. Provincial legislation requires that the offence notice/ticket be mailed to the address of the registered owner on file with SGI.
56. What if a driver's licence plate is obscured? Can they "beat the system" that way?
Under The Traffic Safety Act, it is an offence to operate a motor vehicle with an obscured or concealed licence plate.