WINNIPEG, Man. — In a much-anticipated decision, the Manitoba New Democrats approved the use of photo radar, but only in high-risk areas such as school grounds.
Transportation Minister Steve Ashton, stresses that the move isn’t simply a cash grab, but an effort to improve safety on the province’s roads.
However, police and Winnipeg Mayor, Glen Murray, say that those restrictions should not have been implemented.
“There has been a firewall between police and the politicians,” says Murray. “The Winnipeg Police Service should determine where they should go.”
For their part, however, the cops seemed pleased with the decision to allow photo radar in any capacity.
“I am very pleased with the decision of the province to provide the required legislation to support the use of this safety technology,” says chief Jack Ewatski.
Five mobile cameras will be on Winnipeg streets as early as Christmas, and municipalities will be responsible for operating their own programs. The province insists it will receive no revenue from fines that are handed out.
“Other jurisdictions have seen reductions in accidents because of this type of enforcement,” stresses Ashton. “We would not be embarking on this if we did not believe this was the case.”
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