The City of Lloydminster will be paying approximately three per cent less for automated traffic enforcement services under its new contract with Global Traffic Group Ltd.
Lloydminster has been working with Global for around five years and their existing contract ends July 21. The new agreement will begin that same day and continue to July 31, 2017.
Brent Stasiuk, director of protective services, added the company was the only one to respond to a request for proposal posted this spring.
He noted the upcoming agreement will result in three to four per cent more money ending up in the city’s coffers. It is unknown at this time how much this contract will cost.
The purpose of the program is to get drivers to slow down and reduce the number of intersection incidents.
A decrease has been seen over the past couple of years with around 17,000 tickets being issued in 2012, dropping to 14,500 being doled out in 2013.
Numbers were unavailable for 2014, but Stasiuk suggested they should fall in the same range as last year.
As for its effectiveness, he noted it’s a good program that complements the RCMP traffic unit.
“If there’s drivers out there that are compromising the safety of our residents, they should be dealt with and charged accordingly,” Stasiuk said.
When the contract was awarded late last month during a regular council meeting, using more permanent fixtures, rather than relying on operators, was discussed.
That is something that is being thought about.
“This company has the ability and the technology to have fixed assets at certain intersections to do either speed on green or red light enforcement. So, anybody that might be blowing through a red light, it would have the ability to capture that from an automated point of view without an operator actually witnessing the occurrence,” he said. “That option is there and if we choose to do so, we sure can.”