The city is going to tell you photo radar locations — sort of.
Plans are in the final stages to publish on the city’s website a map of locations, however Gord Cebryk, the branch manager for parks and roads services confirmed it won’t be active data.
“What we’re really trying to do is put out information that’s already out there,” Cebryk told reporters. “With social media, locations are broadcast and we’re not trying to hide anything. What we’re trying to do is raise awareness.”
That was a worry to Coun. Ben Henderson that companies that provide GPS updates can use some kind of ‘bot’ to rapidly download fresh info. However deputy city manager Doug Jones told community and public services committee, his experience in other cities tells him a different story.
“I have that in my own car and I still got a photo radar ticket.”
The Vision Zero annual report said fatality and serious injuries at problem locations dropped by 20 per cent. 2016 saw 22 fatalities, down from the year before.
“The trend lines are moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “The report shows we are making progress. The enforcement programs are working and that the proceeds of those enforcement programs are being reinvested transparently into initiatives that are helping us achieve our Vision Zero goals.”
Revenue from photo radar tickets is being used for engineering changes to the roadways to improve safety on things like left turns, by creating separate bays and turning lanes. Information on flashing speed indicators is also helping drivers slow down Cebryk said.
“Now that we have more information on our counter measures and how effective they are we can set a more defined plan and charter a course, so it’s important to have a target.”
Next year’s annual report should include targets and time frames on how to get fatalities, injuries and crashes to zero.
The emphasis has caught the attention of industry. Lafarge is in initial talks with the city about joining forces on how to share data.
“From our perspective we want to align with the city,” said Lafarge VP Bruce Willmer. “We want to align with industry associations that are out there and try to promote it as an industry standard going forward.”
Lafarge has a policy for its 60 drivers that they must drive 10 km/h below the posted speed limit. A reading from the vehicle’s GPS will send an email to head office if sudden braking, accelerating, or hard turns happen.
“It’s a positive benefit,” Willmer told reporters. “We see drivers that would say are feeling more comfortable driving because perhaps some of the pressures that are there they know that they’re not in a hurry and they do it in a safe manner.”