Speed Cameras in Residential Neighborhoods and Safety Driving Tips
Speed Cameras in Residential Neighborhoods
The speed limit under current provincial law in residential areas in Calgary is 50 km/h except where otherwise indicated by signs. Speed limits are enforced by police officers using man-operated radar (more costly) and fixed speed cameras linked to red light cameras at some 47 intersections in Calgary. I think fixed speed cameras should be used on residential streets, not just at intersections, in order to catch drivers averaging more than 10-15 km/h over the speed limit. This would work well on major residential connector roads such as McKenzie Lake Blvd, McIvor Blvd, New Brighton Drive, and Douglasdale Blvd. It can also be setup to catch drivers who slow down for conventional cameras and then speed up again. In the future, speed cameras could open up the possibility of enforcing speeds across residential areas including school and playground zones.
Safety Driving Tips
Speeding in residential areas is one of the most consistent complaint my office receives. If you witness re-occurring speeding in your neighborhood please file a traffic service request. A member of the Calgary Police Traffic Section will contact you and try to obtain any additional information required in order to take action.
Here are some tips to help you promote safe driving on Calgary’s residential roads.
Obey the Speed Limit
This may sound obvious, but many people tend to speed through residential roads. Even 10 kilometers over the speed limit affects how quickly you can stop your vehicle if a pedestrian walks or runs out in front of you. Take your time. People are injured or killed every year in Calgary by drivers who are speeding. Stay focused on the task at hand, and always assume, even at night, that children may be playing in or near the street.
Respect the Signs
Traffic sings are there to help you stay clear of danger. They aren’t just up for display, and they must be obeyed at all times. Watch out for pedestrian, school and playground signs. Remember that many children walk to school. Their safety largely depends on your ability to stay focused and to follow the rules of the road. The City as a whole, needs to do a better job raising community awareness about walking safety and promoting healthy behavior.
School and Playground Zones
School Zones start at 7:30am and end at 5:00pm on School Days. During this time the speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h. Playground Zone hours are in affect daily from 8:30am to ‘one hour after sunset’. The speed limit is also reduced to 30 km/h during these hours.
Currently, The City of Calgary is only able to set school zone hours; however, in June, Administration will present Council with a report detailing the possibility of new playground zone timing. The reason fro this change is to enhance safety by implementing more consistent timing between the two zones.
For more Calgary Traffic Safety Tips from The City of Calgary please click here.
The McKenzie Towne Council has created a “How to use” manual to show Calgarians how to properly navigate the traffic circle. Check it out.