By Letter to the Editor on March 9, 2019.
I have been outspoken towards photo radar since I moved her 12 years ago. Yes, I had tickets and fought every one of them.
Why? Because when I lived in Ontario I watched closely as the truckers’ union took it to the Supreme Court. The decision was photo radar is unconstitutional. Why? In this country you are innocent till proven guilty. Period. The court stated that law enforcement have the means of proving who is driving and don’t. How? By pulling over the driver and ticketing whoever hands over their licence. Makes sense to me. They threw out photo radar.
There was a time when you flashed your lights to oncoming traffic to let them know there was radar ahead, you would be ticketed for obstruction of justice. Now the radio and newspaper and drivers let everyone know where they are. What’s the purpose of that?
With all due respect to Sergeant Wade Davison, your comments in Wednesday’s paper make me believe you did not listen to Minister Mason one bit. Why? Examples I see regularly: Highway 4 by Evergreen golf course, 43 Street South, South Parkside Drive. Never seen a accident anywhere near them places in 10 years yet photo radar is there.
I will say this, something needs to be done about speeding both in the city and county. We need more police presence. Where the heck are the cops? I drive for a living and I must say, no cops patrolling and pulling over drivers. None. Bad, aggressive, stupid driving everywhere and no cops. Why? Is it too demeaning for a cop to be placed on traffic duty?
I fought photo radar and encourage everyone to do the same. The Crown will lower your ticket to defer you from going to trial because they can’t win.
It is a cash cow because if it was working, people would not be driving nuts and the municipalities would not be cashing in with such high dollars.