An Edmonton father and ardent anti-photo-radar activist has launched a GoFundMe page to support his team of crusaders.
Founder of Edmonton Cash Cows Jack Shultz believes that photo radar is nothing more than just that, a “cash cow,” and that hiding a photo buggy behind trees or concrete outbuildings does little, if nothing, to slow down speeders. He says real life police need to crack down on chronic speeders.
“Photo radar doesn’t stop them. I mean, sure, they can fly by you going 20 over the limit, get a ticket, but five blocks down the road my son’s going to be crossing that street and he’s going to get killed, and you know what, giving that guy a ticket two weeks later isn’t going to bring my child back. At least if we had a normal police presence there, that could have intervened, that tragedy might not be a tragedy.”
Shultz launched his GoFundMe page on Thursday and 24 hours later had raised more than $600.00 dollars, and that sum continues to climb. He’s been spending his own money to have signs printed that he and nearly 40 others hold up to warn drivers of photo radar vehicles ahead, something he says does safely slow down traffic.
“I personally have paid out of my own pocket my first 100 banners, my radar banners, and people are still requesting them as a daily event, so, I mean, I just can’t personally keep taking it out of my pocket and although I wish I could, I just need a little help.”
He says that the money brought in via his online campaign will be used to offset printing costs of the signs he and his group use, build a legal defense fund to fight any tickets that he and his supporters are handed by police, and even take out a billboard.
“Just trying to get more awareness out there in literature, in posters, in whatever we find that could be beneficial to our cause.”
Shultz says that he and his group of photo radar protesters never set up shop behind photo radar vehicles in school zones or construction zones. He adds that the City of Edmonton claims that the aim of photo radar is to slow down traffic, and his goals are the same.
You can view the group’s webpage and access their GoFundMe campaign here.