Edmonton Photo Radar
Have you heard about the recent debate on Edmonton photo radar? Photo radar is essentially another way for police officers to enforce the speed limit laws, and apparently many Edmontonians don’t agree with the method. Last week a local man posted an online petition which has already amassed over 19,000 signatures. Obviously people are unhappy about the use of photo radaring, but what’s the whole story? For starters, why are people upset? But also, why are they implementing it so heavily?
The obvious explanation for photo radar is that it is to increase safety for pedestrians and motorists by being able to deter speeding. According to Mayor Don Iveson, in 2013 there were 23 deaths caused by vehicle collisions, thousands were injured, and there was an average of 68 collisions per day. Those are pretty steep numbers, so it would make sense to take any available measures to cut those figures down or to try and prevent collisions altogether. But is photo radar really the best available measure?
According to people like Patrick Dyas, the man who started the petition, it is absolutely not. He and nearly twenty-thousand like-minded Edmontonians believe that the way the police are handling speeding is not an effective way of making the streets safer, but rather simply a way for the police department to snag up easy revenue. One fair point that has been arisen is that if the police were really interested in safety, why would they not simply park on the side of the road where everyone can see them? Don’t you slow down as soon as you see a cop? But when they stay hidden like they do so often, they are simply trying to catch people in the act and write them tickets. It definitely seems like more of a cash grab when you think about it that way.
In response, the mayor believes that they have just not properly conveyed the use of photo radar to its citizens and will work harder to do so. We’ll keep an eye out for the outcome of this debate as more information becomes available. Until then, check out this vehicle that would send the photo radar sensors through the roof!