Photo enforcement

Intersection safety camera enforcement location map

Photo enforcement is part of the Winnipeg Police Service's overall strategy to make the city streets safe for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

As speeding is of particular concern in areas where our most vulnerable persons are, the Winnipeg Police Service has assigned ten mobile units to conduct speed enforcement in School Zones, Playground Zones and Construction Zones. The enforced areas must be identified by provincially approved School, Playground and Construction Zone signs respectively."

Additionally, there are 49 intersection safety cameras in place across Winnipeg.

Our message is simple: Just Slow Down.

The Service wants to remind drivers that collisions are not accidents. 
If it’s predictable, it’s preventable.

If you have any questions please e-mail us.

Additional questions regarding photo enforcement can be found at Just Slow Down.

Intersection Safety Cameras capture, through digital imaging, drivers who violate red lights and speed through intersections. The goal is to reduce the amount of red light running that occurs on Winnipeg streets, and they are also an effective tool for reducing the speeds of vehicles in these intersections.

Signs for intersection safety camera enforcement are posted at every intersection where an intersection safety camera is installed, informing motorists that cameras are in use at these locations. Signs are located at major entrances into Winnipeg to remind motorists that intersections may be photo enforced.

Diagram of how a intersection safety camera works

The intersection safety camera is usually located about 20 metres back from the intersection. This allows photographs to be taken of the rear of the vehicle that is violating the red light or travelling at a high rate of speed. The camera is connected to the traffic signal control box and to two sensors buried in the roadway. One sensor is installed near the stop line, and the second sensor is about two meters back from the first.

When the light turns red, the sensors become active. A vehicle traveling over the sensor triggers the camera unit and two photographs are taken.

  • The first picture is of the vehicle outside the intersection during the red phase. The picture shows that the traffic light is red.
  • The second picture shows the vehicle actually in the intersection and must show that the light is still red for an offence to have been committed.

Violations occur when:

  • a vehicle behind the stop line when the light turns red proceeds through the intersection.
  • drivers fail to stop before turning right on a red light.
  • drivers exceed the posted speed limit

Photo enforcement is part of the Winnipeg Police Service's overall strategy to make the city streets safe for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. Mobile vehicles equipped with radar or lidar rapid-action cameras and enforcement equipment take photographs of vehicles violating Winnipeg's speed limits.

If an offender speeds past a photo enforcement equipped vehicle, it triggers the camera to take a picture of only the speeding vehicle and license plate as observed by the enforcement officer in the vehicle. These pictures, along with a traffic violation notice, are mailed to the registered owner of the speeding vehicle.

Photo enforcement is slightly different from conventional enforcement. The photo enforcement beam width is much narrower and aimed across the roadway. This method is more vehicle-specific. If more than one vehicle is in the beam, the system does not take a photograph

diagram of how mobile photo enforcement works

The diagram above shows the difference in beam coverage between conventional enforcement that is shot down the road and photo enforcement utilizing radar that is shot across the road. As illustrated, the width of the conventional beam is quite large and may have several vehicles in the beam, which requires operator interpretation of the violation. With photo enforcement, the beam coverage is more vehicle-specific and eliminates the need for interpretation. With photo enforcement if more than one vehicle is in the beam the unit does not send the command to the camera to take a violation photo.

Lidar equipment, commonly referred to as laser, utilizes a much narrower beam of light that is cast down the road and is capable of targeting specific vehicles. In other words, it is target specific.  In both instances, only vehicles that are receding and are in violation are targeted.


MonthTickets IssuedYear to Date Total
January 1 - March 31, 202418,39118,391
April 1 - June 30, 2024  
July 1 - September 30, 2024  
October 1 - December 21, 2024  

Mobile Photo Radar/Laser total tickets issued in previous years


MonthTickets IssuedYear to Date Total
January 1 - March 31, 20246,5526,552
April 1 - June 30, 2024  
July 1 - September 30, 2024  
October 1 - December 21, 2024  

Intersection safety camera offences total tickets issued in previous years



Click on a month to see the breakdown by district of red light offences; speeding offences; highest speed rates recorded; total offence notices issued; and year to date totals.




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