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Flooded with complaints about motorists speeding in Airdrie, local municipal enforcement officers are taking to the streets to combat the problem.

Speeding topped municipal enforcement complaints and violations list in 2012, with 1,492 violation tickets being handed out, and 2,024 traffic related complaints being received.

always going to have problems with speeding and you can never have enough officers out there, but if you can deter speeding, you going to prevent crashes, explained Darryl Poburan, the city manager of Municipal Enforcement.

But what makes Airdrie a bit unique and a possible cause for so many complaints is that most residential streets are 30km/h speed zones.

And while often the ire of some drivers, the 30 zones are there for good reason the city said.

Introduced back in the 1980s as part of By Law No. 803, section 301 explicitly states that unless otherwise posted, motorists must not drive in excess of 30km/h on any town road or by a school, 20km/h in alleyways or 15km/h in a parking lot.

primarily for any residential streets, explained Mark Locking, the city director of Community Safety and Corporate Properties.

Locking, who began his career with the city in engineering, said the 30km/h limit was always maintained over the years.

are a relatively young community the demographics are lots of young families, young kids. In terms of safety, the 30k was maintained, he said.

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, he said the speed limit was often problematic, especially for out of town drivers.

had visitors coming out from Calgary being blown away it was 30, he said. had to do a comprehensive signage program warning drivers. why you see so many posted speed limit signs in the city now, Locking noted.

On the front line of the fight against speeders in Airdrie is Municipal Enforcement Officer Annette Brown.

She one of six dedicated traffic officers that look to make a presence known in the city, deter speeding, and dish out tickets if need be.

set up on the street and target the specific streets we having problems with, Brown explained. sit there and try to have more of a presence so people know we in those areas. she knows first hand the dangers of speeding.

Often, she step out to flag down drivers excessively speeding and they can stop.

had high speeds up to 80km/h in residential areas, she said. people,
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they try to keep it under 50, but I had a lot of people go 80 or 60.

very fast on a residential street they don have time to see someone step out. If I see a speeding car, and I step out (to pull them over), they can not stop. said most people argue 30km/h is too slow. She disagrees.

designed so that when something does happen, you have time to react and the reactionary gap and are able to perform a break application without hitting the object, person, or animal, she said.

Locking agreed, and said in most occasions those people at risk of being hit could be a friend or family.

the residential it seems perfectly logical to have slower speeds, he said. you step back and think about it, probably 80 per cent of people driving in those areas are your neighbours anyways. terms of violation tickets handed out, parking came in a close second with 1,252 citations issued, and 632 complaints received over the year.

However, it did not include infractions that fall under the new Community Standards Bylaw, which until recently, residents parking their RV improperly could not be ticketed.

The new bylaw also tackles unsightly properties, which could increase those numbers this coming year.

going to be more things happening on the bylaw side of things, like unsightly premises, Poburan said.

Ticketing dog owners was third on the violations list, with 159 tickets being handed out, but the number of complaints drastically outnumbered the violations with nearly 1,500 calls to bylaw over the year for dogs alone.

have 8,000 or 9,000 dogs, Locking said. you have that many dogs, there bound to be complaints. complaints were for barking, off leash or someone calling in their neighbour who thought the dog may be unlicensed.

year, in our business plan, we did concentrate on the dog amnesty program,
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Poburan noted but said funding for the Team Lead position in the department was not approved by council.