Analysis of Performance
- This is a monthly metric, currently reflecting data through Sep 2021.
- The source of this data is a third-party vendor that runs both the photo radar camera and the red light camera programs for our agency.
- This output metric represents the percentage of vehicles recorded by the photo radar system in monitored 30 mph zones that comply with the posted speed limit.
- The number of vehicles monitored each month can be impacted by several factors, including the amount of staff time used for deploying the photo radar vehicles, when and where they are deployed, as well as weather conditions.
- During 2020, these numbers fluctuated somewhat more than usual. Driving behaviors were impacted by pandemic restrictions and there were changes in how many people were on the roads, along with staffing availability for deployment of the camera radar vehicles.
- The Traffic Unit has been deploying the camera radar vehicles in locations with high numbers of complaints. During part of 2020, lower compliance rates corresponded to reported poor driving behavior and high numbers of citations issued by the camera radar program in these locations.
- The Traffic Unit is continuing to issue citations and provide education in the areas they're targeting and hope voluntary compliance will increase.
- There can be several factors that led to the decrease in citations that were issued over these two months. The compliance rates have fluctuated between 45% and 51% over the course of these two months. The vans are deployed to historical complaint areas but if a new complaint is received the van will deploy to that area. There have been occasions when the van deployed to a complaint area that did not produce the violations as described by the complainant. This would lead to less citations issued and likely a change in the compliance percentage. Depending on if the deployment occurred in the first half or second half of the month.
This monthly metric (averaged by quarter) measures speed compliance to 30 mph zones throughout the city. Speeding through neighborhoods can be a quality of life issue for many. Fort Collins is an outdoor activity centered city, with many of its residents frequently enjoying the outdoors in the neighborhoods. Speeding through neighborhoods, commonly a 30 mph zone, can be of concern, especially if near a school, or an area with many children present. This metric measures the compliance rate to those 30 mph zones, and can assist with identifying areas for education and enforcement efforts.
Why Is This Important?
Compliance helps City services determine needs for education, mitigation, and enforcement to keep users of roadways and bicycle lanes safe. Speed compliance reduces the number and severity of traffic collisions.
City Organization Impact on Performance
High – City impact may be high through targeted education, mitigation, and/or enforcement efforts. This can be demonstrated through past practices and is a clear duty of government.
Benchmarking in process. There are no currently identified benchmark cities with the same design/challenges that would be illustrative of high/low performance, though we are seeking some. Every city has a unique make-up of roadways, posted speeds, businesses, population, and much more.