Morinville’s Mayor has said photo radar in the town is a cash cow, honey pot type situation.
Mayor Lisa Holmes says photo radar operators were spending most of their time in only three spots on the edge of town, which was a hot spot for speeders and general traffic.
According to the town, the photo radar program which began in 2009 raised roughly $300, 000 a year.
Now, town council has approved new regulations including keeping track of where the radar contractors are and making that info available to the public.
Holmes joined the Ryan Jespersen Show Wednesday and says the policy changes is something that other municipalities should look at.
“There’s criteria now when selecting sites in Morinville. One of them is the fact that if traditional enforcement is not able to be used there, so if it’s not a safe place for RCMP officers to be there at the side of the road, then maybe automated enforcement is best,” says Holmes. “But we’re also now looking at places where people are vulnerable like cross walks, school zones, construction zones or places where certain intersections we’re worried about. The policy is all available to the public too through our website.”
You can hear the whole interview right here:
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