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Red Light Cameras 

Drive safe. Drive smart. Stop at red lights!

In 2005, the City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Police Services implemented red light cameras to improve public safety by reducing red light violations, thereby reducing collisions and injuries.

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.

As of November 20, 2013, red light cameras are operational at the following intersections:

  • Preston Avenue and 8th Street
  • Warman Road and 51st Street
  • Avenue C and Circle Drive
  • NEW INTERSECTION: 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive  (A 30-day warning phase will begin once the camera installation is completed. During this time, warnings will be mailed out to the registered owner of vehicles that violate the red light for the first month only)

                                   

Motorists are reminded to stop at all red lights and come to a complete stop before making a right turn on a red light.

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!


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

Why install red light cameras?
Red light cameras were installed to discourage motorists from running red lights. Drivers who run red lights run the risk of causing right-angle collisions, which can result in serious injury or death.

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.

When did the cameras start?
The first set of Red Light Cameras were 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. A 30-day phase-in period was in effect at 33rd Street & Idylwyld Drive from November 20 to December 20 2013. During that time, courtesy Warning Notices were mailed to registered owners of vehicles that ran red lights. No fine was payable during the warning phase-in period

Where are the cameras located?

As of November 2013 red light cameras are operational at the following intersections:

  • Preston Avenue and 8th Street

  • Warman Road and 51st Street

  • Avenue C and Circle Drive

  • *NEW* 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive

  • The City of Saskatoon continuously looks to improve traffic safety

    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 determines that a violation occurred, the images are reviewed by Saskatoon Police Services. 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 Licence 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 Licence.

    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 to be extra cautious. This awareness helps to lessen the accidents and injuries at intersections.

    What data/program results lead you to believe that red-light cameras are having a positive effect?
    A recent review of the red light camera program shows an average of 15% reduction in injury and fatality rate at red light camera locations. The review also shows a significant reduction of 22% in the most severe type of collisions as compare with other busy intersections in the City.

    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 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. excluding holidays and weekends.

                 
     
     
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