Is photo radar in the province a cash cow? Transportation Minister Brian Mason says a review is underway in his department.
Photo radar was initiated with the intent to make roads safer. Mason has ordered the review after hearing a lot of feedback that photo radar is being run by municipalities as a revenue generator.
The review will look at such details like where municipalities are setting up photo radar and how much money they are taking in. For every dollar paid on a photo radar ticket, municipalities make 73 cents.
There is no deadline for the review to be finished, but Mason hopes to have the findings ready by fall.
According to the city of Grande Prairie’s website, its Automated Traffic Enforcement captured just over 48,000 traffic violations last year, collecting over $2.3 million.
In January and February of this year, 52 percent of all speed violations were in school and playground zones.
The statistics from the city show that there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of collisions since implementing the system.
The city also says revenue generated has been going to local RCMP operations “including the creation and on-going operating expenses of the RCMP drug unit, crime reduction unit, crime analyst and several civilian support positions.”