we need to slow down

Speeding in Edmonton is still a serious issue. It seems to me that it does not matter how often it is stated and proven that speed is a major factor in accidents and fatalities, nor how many accidents happen, drivers continue to exceed speed limits around the city.

In 2016 the City of Edmonton implemented Vision Zero, a campaign with strategies to bring accident fatalities down, ideally to zero (hence the name), through different speed reduction techniques. A number of these you may have already noticed. There are driver speed feedback signs around the city, which are signs that tell you your speed as you drive by. In 2016, the city permanently installed 100 signs throughout the city. These signs are effective in making people realize how fast they are actually driving and slowing them down. Another change that was implemented in 2016 was reducing the speed limit in school zones to 30km per hour. This was done because this reduction has shown to reduce accidents in school zones, as drivers have more time to see children in the area and require less time to stop. This is a change that I believe to be incredibly important, as schools are areas that have high child populations and is a place where children need to feel safe being. This safety includes needing to feel safe around their school, and walking to and from school.

Just recently the City of Edmonton made the decision to publish where photo radar will be located daily. This was a decision that I am in full support of. I have always said that I do not want photo radar to be revenue generating. I would prefer everyone know where the radar is so that they will slow down. This is the goal of speed enforcement. We want our streets to be safer. Publishing where these photo radar vehicles will be is one step closer to having safer streets. There are still concerns about photo radar, and it can be a heated topic. This is something that will be discussed further. But, at the end of the day, if you are not speeding, photo radar will not affect you anyways.

There is still much that needs to be done. One of the most frequent concerns I hear from constituents is that there are people speeding through their neighborhood. All of these concerns are passed on to our Office of Traffic Safety so these concerns can be kept track of, and so that these traffic safety experts can take a look at these problem areas. These are also concerns that should be reported to the police, as the city does not decide where the police will set up speeding enforcement. My office does, however, do what we can in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety to address these concerns.

I will continue to speak out about the problem of speeding in our city. It is so dangerous, and drivers need to smarten up. Please slow down, for all our sakes.