The number of traffic and violations in Edmonton continue to rise despite less cars on city roads.
According to data collected by the City of Edmonton, between March 15 to April 30, 2020, 74,405 tickets were issued from the city.
In comparison, the total ticket numbers from January 1 to April 30, 2020 were 157,857 tickets issued in total.
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According to the City, compared to the first four months of 2019, tickets issued are up 14% this year.
These numbers include mobile speed enforcement and intersection safety devices, and speed and red light violations.
“While traffic volumes are down overall, we have observed more speeding in our neighbourhoods and along major roadways,” said Jessica Lamarre, director of traffic safety at the City of Edmonton, in a statement to Daily Hive.
“Enforcement will continue throughout the city to keep our streets safe. We are placing our mobile speed enforcement vehicles in high priority locations to remind drivers to slow down and drive safely. Safety is always our priority.”
The number of Intersection Safety Device locations also increased from 50 to 105 in the last three years, possibly contributing to the increase in total ticket numbers.
“We are paying attention to what is happening on our streets and adjusting our approach in collaboration with Edmonton Police Service to best support road safety,” said Lamarre.
“Locations that have seen an increase in speeding have been prioritized.”