Automated Traffic Enforcement- Photo Radar

The Town of Coaldale conducts Photo Radar to enforce speeding violations under the direction of the Coaldale RCMP detachment.  Traffic safety is highly important for Coaldale, as it enhances public safety within the community.

The Town targets high risk areas for photo radar.  Photo radar sites are based on the following criteria:

  • Where conventional enforcement is unsafe or ineffective
  • Areas with a history of collisions
  • Areas with identifiable, documented history of speeding problems
  • High-speed, multi-lane arteries
  • School and play-ground zones
  • Areas where the public or the community has expressed concerns related to speeding

To view a complete list of photo radar site locations, CLICK HERE

To view the photo radar site map, CLICK HERE

How it works

Photo radar captures a photograph of a speeding vehicle.  As a vehicle enters the radar beam it is detected and the speed is calculated.  When the end of the vehicle is detected and if the vehicle’s speed exceeds the posted speed limit for the particular location, a photo is taken and the speed is recorded.  During low light periods, a flash is incorporated to enhance the image.

Public Awareness

Permanent signs are posted on primary access roads entering Coaldale to alert the public that photo radar is used as a speed enforcement tool.

To view the current photo radar calendar, CLICK HERE

Frequently asked questions

How will I be notified of an offence?

Violations are mailed out to the registered owner of the vehicle.  If you are the registered owner of the vehicle, you will receive the violation notice, even if you were NOT the driver.

Why is there a person in the photo radar vehicle?

A designated Community Peace Officer (CPO) in the province of Alberta operates the photo radar unit.  The operator is responsible for setting up and testing the equipment each time the system is deployed.  The operator observes and makes notes on each violation.

Does someone review the photograph before the motorists are ticketed?

Yes.  Trained and qualified appointed Peace Officers review every image to verify that the vehicle is in violation and that the vehicle and owner information is correct.

If I do not agree with a violation notice, who do I contact?

Once a ticket is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle it becomes a Provincial Court matter.  You are given the option to plead “not guilty”, and appear at the trial date set for you.

There is a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction in the photograph, how can I be sure it was my vehicle that was speeding?

Photo radar is set up to capture vehicle speeds of receding traffic, which means that a car going in the opposite direction is never captured by the equipment.

Where can I pay for my ticket?

  1. Tickets can be paid in person at any Registry office or Provincial Court
  2. Tickets can be paid on the website finepayment.gov.ab.ca
  3. You can mail your ticket payment to:

Provincial Traffic Production Center, 601- 5th Street S.W, Calgary, AB  T2P 5P7

If I plead guilty to a photo radar offence, will I receive demerits against my driver’s license?

No, there are no demerit points associated to any automated enforcement tickets, as they are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, not the driver of the vehicle.

Does a photo radar ticket impact my insurance?

No, your driving record is not affected by photo radar tickets.

Where does the money from Photo radar tickets go?

  • 15% of the total fine is given to Victim Services
  • 26% of the fine goes to the Provincial Government
  • The balance of the fine goes to the Municipal Government

The Town of Coaldale has launched a new Community Grant, which is open to Not-for-Profit or volunteer based organizations that operate in the Town or a portion of the Lethbridge County.  Funding for the Community grant is provided by the funds raised through the photo radar program.

For details on the Community Grant and the application process, CLICK HERE