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Red Light Cameras 

Drive safe. Drive smart. Stop at red lights!

In 2005, the City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Police Service implemented red light cameras to improve public safety by reducing red light violations, thereby reducing collisions and injuries. The goal of this program is ultimately to issue zero infractions which means 100 per cent compliance and safer intersections for everyone.

Between 2005 and 2014, there has been an average 9 per cent reduction in injury and fatality rates and a 12 per cent reduction in right-angle collisions (the most severe type). At the City's Preston Avenue and 8th Street intersection, red light camera enforcement has reduced injury and fatality rates by 25 per cent and right-angle collisions by 45 per cent.

The digital photo technology of the red light camera provides continuous, objective enforcement, leaving police officers free for other community protection duties. Certificates of Offence (tickets) and Violation Notices, including photographs of the vehicle running the red light, are mailed to the registered vehicle owner. The fine is $230.

Red light cameras are operational at the following intersections:

- Preston Avenue and 8th Street
- Warman Road and 51st Street
- Avenue C and Circle Drive
- 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive

*NEW* Effective September 15, 2014: Violations now include a notice number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that provide online access to photos and video of the violation. Scheduling an in-person appointment to review online video and images of the infraction is still an option for those without Internet access or for the recipients of citations that were issued before the implementation of the new online system. Appointments at City Hall can be scheduled by calling the City of Saskatoon at (306) 975-2836, Monday to Friday between 8.00 a.m. and 12 noon.

SEPT. 18, 2014: Click here to watch a short video of City Transportation Director, Angela Gardiner, discussing updates to the red light camera program and the importance of coming a complete stop before turning right at a red light. Coming to a complete stop before turning right ensures the driver has a clear picture of oncoming traffic, and can confirm that there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk before proceeding.

Stopping at a red light is one of the easiest things to do to protect yourself and others from getting seriously injured or killed in an intersection collision. Stop on red and save a life - it may be your own!

Sample Red Light Camera Violation Notice:


To learn about how red light cameras work and the importance of stopping on red, click on the link below to watch a video.

Video: Saskatoon Red Light Cameras


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the red light safety camera program?
Red light cameras were installed at intersections as a safety initiative to prevent motorists from running red lights. Since its inception, the red light camera program has helped to reduce the number of severe collisions and fatalities at the locations where the cameras are installed.

Why are red light running collisions at intersections so dangerous?
Drivers who run red lights at signalized intersections run the risk of causing collisions especially right–angle and left turn opposite collisions which are more severe types of collisions and can result in serious injury or death.

Will I get a ticket if the lights turn red while I'm in the intersection?
No. The only way to receive a ticket is if your vehicle enters the intersection on a red light.

Where do I pay for the ticket?
The payment options are listed on the back of the Certificate of Offence as follows:

- If you wish to mail the ticket and payment: Provincial Court, Box 5030, Regina SK S4P 3T9. The ticket must be filled out as described.
- If you wish to pay in person: Court House, 220 - 19th Street East, Saskatoon SK S7K 2H6.
- For information on how to pay the fine online, click here.

Why did it take so long to receive my ticket?
As the result of a technical issue in 2014, some violations had to be processed manually. This resulted in delays in the mailing out of some citations, but has had no effect on the functionality, accuracy, or operation of the red light cameras.

When did the cameras start?
The first set of red light cameras was implemented at the intersection of Circle Drive and Avenue C on October 19, 2005. Red light cameras were also implemented at two other locations – Preston & 8th Street and 51st Street & Warman in October 2008. After the expiration of these contracts, the cameras were replaced with new systems in November 2013. Red light cameras also became fully operational at the intersection of 33rd Street & Idylwyld Drive on November 20, 2013.

Where are the cameras located? 
Red light cameras are operational at the following intersections:

- Preston Avenue and 8th Street
- Warman Road and 51st Street
- Avenue C and Circle Drive
- 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive

Are there signs?
Yes. Signs are installed on the approaches to the intersection where red light cameras are in operation.

How does the red light camera system work?
The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the crosswalk AFTER the traffic signal has turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle.

Image #1 - shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.

Image #2 - shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.

The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured.

Data, including the time, date, and duration of the yellow and red lights, also is recorded.

Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation, including six seconds prior to and six seconds after running the red light.

 


Camera images are sent electronically to a processing centre where specially trained personnel review them. If the processor identifies a violation, the images are then reviewed by a police officer with the Saskatoon Police Service. This officer will determine if a violation has taken place. If approved, the Violation Notice and Certificate of Offence (ticket) are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle that ran the red light.

Do the cameras photograph every vehicle passing through the intersection?
No. The red light cameras target and capture on video only those vehicles entering the intersection after the light has turned red.

How much is the fine? What happens if I don’t pay it?
The fine is for running a red light at an intersection with red light cameras is $230. A late charge of $40 is added if the fine isn’t paid within 30 days. The Driver's License of the registered vehicle owner cannot be renewed until the fine and late payment charges are paid.

Will I receive points on my driving record for a red light camera violation?

No. Registered vehicle owners will not be charged with points against their Driver’s License.

How have red-light cameras affected driver behaviour in Saskatoon?
The installation of red light cameras helps drivers to be cautious and comply with traffic signal lights when at a signalized intersection. The fact that drivers know that the cameras are there and they will be fined if they fail to obey the traffic signal lights makes them extra cautious. This awareness helps to decrease the risk of accidents and injuries at intersections.

What data/program results lead you to believe that red-light cameras are having a positive effect?
A 2014 review of the red light camera program showed an average 9 per cent reduction in injury and fatality rate at red light camera locations. The review also showed a significant reduction of 12 per cent in right-angle collisions (the most severe type). At the Preston Avenue and 8th Street intersection in particular, injury and fatality rates have been reduced by 25 per cent and right-angle collisions by 45 per cent. 

Who do I call if I have questions?
For more information, call the City of Saskatoon at (306) 975-2836 or 1-866-826-6992 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, excluding holidays and weekends.

             
 
 
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