Speed Traps Overview
Radar detectors and laser detectors are LEGAL to use in Alberta, but not in Manitoba, New Brunswick; Newfoundland, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.
Alberta has a new 50 km/h (30 mph) construction site law unless otherwise posted, with all speeding fined doubled ($500 is not uncommon) in construction zones. Alberta also does a relatively poor job of signing short term construction sites. Using a tripod mounted laser gun and two officers they were so busy last Sunday that they didn’t clock people for 15 minutes while catching up on the “paper work” Note, RCMP at Red Deer laser guns are of a different model than the Calgary Police Service’s and/or used better. Fines start at $57. More than 50K/30Mi over is mandatory court appearance.
Calgary and Edmonton City Enforcement
Watch for extensive use of multanova (photo) radar in Calgary and Edmonton. Photo Radar is usually based in a minivan parked by the side of the road, but may also be car or pickup truck mounted.
Calgary police still using three mobile photo radar units mounted on either a dark blue or burgundy caravan OR now a GMC Light Blue/Dark Blue Stripe truck. Laser keeps on gaining popularity. This year after seeing and talking to individuals I have noticed a new strategy.(This also happened to me). They are cutting down on radar use and instead quietly follow you to match their speedometer with yours, then they bust you (called clocking).
Rural Alberta, Photoradar
Grey painted box about size of half height filing cabinet will contain camera unit, Ka radar set at reduced strength and flash bulb. Unmarked cruiser, plain clothes cop parked off roadway to operate it. Observed in Bragg Creek. Box may be confused with Canada Post grey drop box for letter carriers but I looked this one over pretty carefully. It is slightly larger and a lighter shade of grey. Bragg Creek does not have own law enforcement so expect this sort of technique may be in use anywhere rural RCMP patrols.
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