Despite the overall number of Automated Traffic Enforcement tickets being down year over year in Grande Prairie, the number of tickets handed out throughout the first month of school this fall has raised concerns with enforcement officials.
Of 8,446 automated tickets handed out between September and November 2021, 943 were handed out in the first month of school zones going back into effect. Sgt. Ross Gear says through the month of September, that averages to a ticket about every 15 minutes the zones are in effect. Gear says while he’s happy to see the overall number drop year over year, it still paints a less than ideal picture.
“Whether you’re for automated traffic enforcement, or against it, the ideal scenario would be, especially in school zones, following the law and prescribed speed limits… because our kids are just too important,” he says.
“History has shown the second we take off the gas, so to speak, the issue comes back,” he adds.
Gear says with speed being of the major factors in collisions, he continues to urge drivers, especially in school zones, to be cognizant of all speed signs. He adds in many areas, drivers have continued to show best practices, but, it’s always worth a reminder.
“I’d be the happiest person in the world if we were able to write zero tickets because everybody is following the law,” he adds.
There were 10,195 automated tickets handed out between September 1st and November 30th, 2020, including 2,000 in September alone.