Fix speed zones and photo radar

Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

When I heard the num­bers that po­lice re­leased on speed­ing tick­ets re­cently I was flab­ber­gasted.

I know I am go­ing to take a hit for this, but thou­sands of tick­ets for speed­ing in con­struc­tion zones when no one is work­ing? Re­ally? Please tell me that we are not con­cerned about traf­fic cones’ wel­fare. When there are con­struc­tion work­ers present, ab­so­lutely slow down, but af­ter hours it’s the photo radar cash cow that comes to mind.

Re­mem­ber when they in­tro­duced the photo radar cam­eras they were tar­get­ing high ac­ci­dent ar­eas. Now you see them ev­ery­where, espe­cially in the fish­ing holes. Let’s tell it like it is. It’s a huge mon­ey­maker, espe­cially when it’s off hours. Bad en­force­ment is bad en­force­ment any way you look at it and the num­bers are very telling.

Other ju­ris­dic­tions have voted out the cam­eras be­cause they start off mean­ing well and then go off the rails. I don’t think that is pos­si­ble but just the same it’s a thought.

I guess the sil­ver lin­ing in all of this is that with the mil­lions of dol­lars the tick­ets are gen­er­at­ing we can now af­ford the Olympics, prop­erty taxes are go­ing to go way down and teach­ers will be paid what they are worth.

Phil Haw­ley, Cal­gary

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