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Revenue is more important than safety

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I recently returned home from work and upon collecting my mail and opening it was presented with a $124 fine from one of the photo radar vans in our town.

These vans are out there it seems like 24/7. Setting up in areas they know will get the most revenue. Not in areas with high pedestrian traffic where they should be but in the easy-to-get areas.

I remember seeing the van back in November. He was parked on Forest Ave. at Flint Street by Forest Park. I drive this street every day and never speed over 50 km. There are parked cars and an animal or child could easily run out. The speed by the park is 30 km. During the summer or any nice days when kids could be playing in the park or people out walking their dogs, I always stick to 30 km. I also know that the van regularly sits there and I am in favour of this.

What bothers me is them sitting there on a day that is -25 C and there is two feet of snow piled up in the park. There is not even a footprint in the snow as no one is in the park at this time of year. I was clocked at exactly 50 km. I find this to be ridiculous and feel that it is nothing more than a cash grab.

These vans should be placed in areas that have high pedestrian traffic and school zones during school hours. I see them regularly out on St. Albert Trail in high traffic areas, not necessarily in danger zones, just where they can get the most tickets.

Photo radar does not slow people down and if they can pay the bills with no effect on their driving record, then the behaviour just continues.

If Iím speeding on a residential street then I deserve a ticket. I feel this one by the park at -25 C is much like getting one in a construction zone after hours with no workers on site.

Al Fraser, St. Albert


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