Transportation minister Brian Mason confirmed this week that something Edmonton police have long asked for, is coming. Consider lead footed drivers to be warned.
“For excessive speed, like, really really fast.” Mason told reporters at the Legislature. “If you’re doing fifty ‘K’ over the speed limit, you know, we’ll nab your car or your truck.”
“They have something similar in BC.”
The changes in legislation aren’t ready yet, but by this fall Mason expects everything to be ready. “We’ve got more consultation to do. The ones in the fall in the third batch perhaps need a little more consultation with the public, so they’re coming a bit later.”
Lobbying by the EPS goes back to the Alison Redford government. Yet the length of time to get this done isn’t a worry to deputy chief Brian Simpson. “It’s not frustration because it’s always a balance through a process and you have to advocate a position, everybody has to have an opportunity to speak to it and at the end of the day the process is working from what we’ve been seeing.”
“We’ve been advocating very strongly for legislative changes around speeding vehicles,” Simpson said. “The fact the government is paying attention, we appreciate that and we’ll see what the legislation looks like.”
“We still continue to see speeding issues, still motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian deaths. It is a priority, and even from our citizen survey it’s the number one priority for the community.”