Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I get a ticket?
If you receive an offence notice/ticket it’s mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
What options do I have if I receive a photo enforcement violation ticket?
The violation ticket will set out options for the registered owner of the vehicle captured in the violation. Options include:
- Voluntary in-person payment of the fine at a registry office or provincial court.
- Payment by mail or online: there may be a service fee if you pay online or at a registry office, but not if you pay in person, at the court house or by mail.
- Appear before a Justice at the address on the ticket to plead guilty or not guilty.
If I plead guilty to a photo radar offence notice/ticket, will I receive demerits against my driver’s license?
No demerit points are associated to any automated enforcement tickets if you plead guilty, as they are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle and not a specific person as the driver.
Does a ticket impact my insurance?
Your driving record and your National Safety Code Profile are not affected by automated enforcement tickets.
I received an offence notice/ticket in the mail, but someone else was driving. Can you send the offence notice/ticket to the individual that was driving?
No. Provincial legislation requires the offence notice to be issued to the registered owner of the licence plate on the violating vehicle. The registered owner is therefore the person summonsed and is responsible for responding to the offence notice by the date noted on the summons.
I received a photo radar offence notice/ticket in the mail and I don’t agree with it. Who can I contact to further discuss this matter?
Once a ticket is issued to the registered owner it becomes a Provincial Court matter. Options are listed on the offence notice as to how you may address or contest the offence notice/ticket.
Does someone review the photographs before motorists are ticketed?
Yes. Trained and qualified provincially appointed peace officers review every image to verify that the vehicle is in violation and that the vehicle information is correct. Tickets are mailed to registered owners where it is clear the vehicle committed a speed infraction or intersection violation.
What type of photo radar system is used in Leduc?
The City of Leduc uses the Brekford P2S tracking radar system which is approved for use in Alberta by the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General.
How do we know this photo radar unit is accurate?
Units are certified by the manufacturer and re-certified as per the manufacturer’s specifications. Daily testing prescribed by the manufacturer is performed at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure the unit is accurate and functioning correctly. Prescribed tests are conducted at the start and end of each deployment (site).
There is a vehicle travelling the opposite direction in the photograph; how can you be sure it was my vehicle that was speeding?
Photo radar is set up to only capture vehicle speeds of receding traffic. This means that a car going in the opposite direction is never captured by the equipment.
On my photo radar offence notice/ticket, when detailing the information regarding the date and time of the offence, why does it say ‘on or about?’
This wording is part of the provincially legislated form and is required for legal purposes.
Why is there a person in the photo radar vehicle?
Persons designated as peace officers in the province of Alberta operate the mobile photo radar vehicles.
Who operates the photo enforcement units and what are their qualifications?
City of Leduc Community Peace Officers, who are appointed under the Alberta Peace Officer Act, operate the equipment. Each Operator has successfully completed a recognized (Alberta Solicitor General approved) training program.
Can photo enforcement vehicles park in contravention of the Traffic Safety Act and idle for extended periods of time?
Section 64(2) of the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation (AR 304/2002) authorizes Peace Officers to park in contravention of the Provincial Act and the Municipal Traffic Bylaw. This includes no parking zones, boulevards, shoulders and overpasses. The vehicles must be kept idling to provide the electrical power required to operate the system.
Why does photo radar occasionally operate in areas designated ‘No Stopping/No Parking?’
These vehicles are exempt under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act (section 63 and 64) and may enforce in a restricted area the same as any conventional police vehicle.
How are photo radar enforcement sites selected?
Sites are required to follow the guidelines set out by the Province of Alberta. Photo radar sites are selected based on one or more of the following criteria:
- High speed corridors
- High collision locations
- School and playground zones
- Construction zones
- Citizen concerns
All sites are selected by the Leduc RCMP and provided to the City of Leduc.
Where does the money from automated traffic enforcement go?
Fifteen per cent of the total fine amount is given to victim services, 26.67 per cent goes to the provincial government, and the balance of the fine goes to the City of Leduc. If there is a late payment penalty attached to the fine, the province receives the surcharge amount associated with the particular ticket.
The City of Leduc sets aside a significant amount of the remaining fines (after expenses to the province and operating expenses of the ATE program) to the Safe Community Reserves. Some of the initiatives from that reserve include traffic safety speed signs, transportation engineering changes, traffic awareness programs and railway crossing safety initiatives. The remaining portion is put towards enforcement costs that the City of Leduc provides its residents.