Depending on whether you see photo radar as a “cash cow” or necessary source of city revenue, photo radar is shaping up to be a major deciding factor for Edmonton voters.
Some, like Anthony Makaruk, who takes the Anthony Henday to work and runs the ‘Edmonton Area Radar Sightings’ Facebook group, say it’s unfair.
“You know in most cases the driver doesn’t even remember when or where the incident took place, whether they were actually speeding,” he said.
As a frequent user of the Henday, he believes there is more of a concentration of photo radar there compared to other areas — although that theory took a hit in August when an Edmonton software engineer obtained data that showed more photo radar locations around school zones.
Through a Freedom of Information and Protection request for the time spent at each photo radar site, Troy Pavlek (who is also running in Ward 11) found that more time was spent enforcing around school zones and parks compared to major through-fares like the Henday.
In September, city officials also revealed a decrease in speeding tickets being issued by the city. Although this resulted in a $3 million revenue drop, Mayor Don Iveson dubbed it a good sign.
“I’m very happy to see automated enforcement revenue dropping,” he told Metro in September. “You know our Vision Zero is partly zero revenue from fines because people are complying and we have safer streets.”