Photo Laser Speed Enforcement

Photo Laser Speed Enforcement

About the Program

Photo Laser Speed Enforcement is an extremely accurate way of measuring and identifying speeding vehicles. The program is meant to target high volume and high risk areas where safety is a concern. The program follows and complies with the guidelines set out by the Alberta Ministry of the Solicitor General and Public Security.

Photo Laser is operated by provincially appointed Peace Officers who have all the required training and qualifications. Peace Officers operate the equipment manually either on the side of the road or from inside a vehicle. An officer identifies a speeding vehicle, targets the vehicle with the Photo Laser unit, and a picture is taken of the vehicle.

A ticket is then mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner of a vehicle involved in a speed infraction is charged under Section 160(1) of the Traffic Safety Act which states, "If a vehicle is involved in an offence referred to in Section 157 or a bylaw, the owner of that vehicle is guilty of an offence." Because you are charged as the registered owner of the vehicle, and you have not been charged as a driver, a guilty plea will not result in any demerit points being assessed against your operator's license.

Cameras & Locations

The City of Cold Lake is under contract with Global Traffic Group Ltd to conduct photo enforcement within the City Limits.

The following locations are currently identified as high priority for Photo Laser enforcement. Enforcement can occur at any of these locations at any time of day or night. Please note that the Photo Laser will not be limited to these areas and will be moved around the City as required. The City will publish all locations being used on this site, as well as in local media.

  • 1st Avenue by Kinosoo Beach
  • 5th Avenue by Nelson Heights School
  • 7th Street by St. Dominics School
  • 16th Avenue
  • English Bay Road
  • 48th Avenue by Cold Lake Middle School
  • 49th Street by Holy Cross School
  • 50th Avenue
  • 50th Street
  • 55th Street
  • Highway 28

Fine Payment

Fines are payable online at, at any Provincial Court House, or at any Alberta registry office, including the Tri-Town Registries Office located at #112 4910 50th Avenue here in Cold Lake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Photo Laser?more

Lidar Laser System technology is vehicle-specific and does not use a flash. The laser speed camera system uses digital photography which produces a clearer image and can capture violator images in excess of 300 metres from the enforcement unit. Laser enforcement technology is more effective in determining what has been happening on our roads by expanding the range of photo enforcement. It will provide us with a truer representation of driving habits throughout the community.


Q. What is included in photo enforcement operation?more

One mobile photo speed, stop sign and red light enforcement unit is moved throughout the city to various locations each week. (Generally four wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles). Mobile units focus on the following areas:
- high collision locations
- high-speed multi-lane roadways
- school and playground zones or parks areas
- construction zones
- areas where the public or community has expressed concerns related to speeding or other high risk driving behavior.


Q. What type of photo laser system is used Cold Lake?more

The LTI 20/20 Tru Speed Laser is combined with a Digital Camera and Lens system. The Lidar component is a class 1 laser product. The laser beam produced by this model poses no safety or health risk when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.


Q. How do we know this unit is accurate?more

Units are certified by the manufacturer and re-certified as per the manufacturers specifications. All enforcement systems are certified by a professional engineer. Daily testing prescribed by the manufacturer is performed at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure the unit is accurate and functioning properly. Prescribed tests are conducted at the start and end of each deployment.


Q. How does photo laser operate?more

The laser unit used in the Photo Laser speed system emits a laser light beam that strikes the suspected speeding vehicle. The light beam is reflected back to the laser receiver and a distance calculation is made. The unit takes several readings over an interval of time and uses those readings to determine the speed of the vehicle. If the calculated speed exceeds the designated speed limit, a digital image is captured. The image is displayed on a tablet and the operator visually confirms that the image on the tablet matches the vehicle that was observed and targeted. The laser beam is very narrow making it vehicle specific. The laser unit has a “sight” used to aim at the vehicle being targeted.


Q. How will vehicle owners be notified of a photo enforcement violation?more

The images capturing the violation are reviewed and verified before a violation notice is prepared and mailed to the registered owner of the license plate. The process usually takes 3 business days which is much quicker than the previous process involving traditional wet film image processing.


Q. Who operates the photo enforcement units and what are their qualifications?more

A Peace Officer for the City of Cold Lake conducts Automated Traffic Enforcement. They are appointed under the Alberta Peace Officer Act. Each Operator has successfully completed a recognized (Alberta Solicitor General approved) training program. Cold Lake and Global Traffic Group strictly adhere to the Automated Technology Guidelines established by the Solicitor General of Alberta. Interfering with a Peace Officer in the execution of their duty is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.


Q. Can photo enforcement vehicles park in contravention of the Traffic Safety Act and idle for extended periods of time?more

Yes, Section 64(2) of the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation (AR 304/2002) authorizes Peace Officers to park in contravention of the Provincial Act and the Municipal Traffic Bylaw. This includes No Parking zones, boulevards, shoulders and overpasses. The vehicles must be kept idling to provide the electrical power required to operate the system.


Q. What options do I have if I receive a photo enforcement violation ticket?more

The violation ticket will set out options for the Registered Owner of the vehicle captured in the violation. Options include: Voluntary in-person payment of the fine at a Registry Office or Provincial Court; Payment by mail or online (There may be a service fee if you pay online or at a Registry Office, but not if you pay in person, at the Court House or by mail.); Appear before a Justice at the address on the ticket to plead guilty or not guilty; or plead not guilty by mailing the notice as per the instructions on the ticket.


Q. If I have questions or concerns, who may I speak to?more