PHOTO RADAR

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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.”

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