Calgary traffic cameras caught more than 1,000 infractions per day in 2015
Police catching far more speeders with mobile photo-radar units, as speed-on-green tickets decline
Calgary police mailed out 388,458 tickets to drivers caught on camera speeding or running red lights last year.
That's 1,064 tickets per day.
It's also an increase of 20.7 per cent over 2014, which is mainly the result of a surge in speeders caught by mobile photo-radar units.
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Infractions caught by fixed cameras — the ones installed at intersections — were actually down last year, with speed-on-green tickets dropping 16.6 per cent and tickets for running red lights down 4.7 per cent.
Tickets issued by mobile photo radar vehicles, meanwhile, surged 46.7 per cent to 273,082 total infractions.
Insp. Ken Thrower with the Calgary police traffic unit said there were several factors that might contribute to the increases, including good weather and the addition of four more photo radar vehicles, bringing the total number of the fleet to 10.
Thrower also said police refocused on residential enforcement last year at the request of communities.
This interactive graph shows tickets by type for the past three years. Click on a year to see the numbers change:
Here's how the tickets break down, by type of offence and how drivers were caught:
|Offence Type||2013||2014||2015||Change ('14-'15)|
|Photo Radar - Basic speeding||79,390||110,886||191,883||+ 73.0%|
|Photo Radar - Construction zone||9,297||7,585||3,621||- 52.3%|
|Photo Radar - Construction zone with workers present||1,759||352||1,306||+ 271%|
|Photo Radar - Exceeding time-of-day limit (eg: playground zone)||64,708||67,321||76,272||+ 13.3%|
|TOTAL Photo Radar||155,154||186,144||273,082||+ 46.7%|
|TOTAL Speed on Green||105,500||116,390||97,054||- 16.6%|
|TOTAL Red light||16,321||19,227||18,322||- 4.7%|
Last year a total of $21.1 million in fine revenue was collected from photo-radar tickets, another $10 million from speed-on-green tickets, plus $3.6 million from drivers caught on camera running red lights.
Tickets handed out the old-fashioned way — by officers pulling drivers over and ticketing them in person — yielded another $15 million in fine revenue, police said.