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Photo radar delays anger city police

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Photo radar just can't come to Winnipeg fast enough, according to city police.

WINNIPEG, Man. — Photo radar just can’t come to Winnipeg fast enough, according to city police.

Winnipeg City police have been slamming the government for delays in implementing the controversial ticketing system.

“We’re certainly disappointed the legislation wasn’t passed,” Police Chief Jack Ewatski tells local media. “It was out understanding everyone felt comfortable with it.”

It’ll be mid-February before the Manitoba legislature reconvenes, so photo radar won’t get final approval until that time at the earliest.

But unwilling to wait, the police are seeking a legal opinion to see just how far they can go in awarding a contract to a company to install and maintain enforcement units without the province’s approval.

The provincial government, for its part, is blaming the Opposition Tories for delaying the process.

“The opposition has gotten in the way of legislation that is in the public interest,” Justice Minister, Gord Mackintosh tells local media. “They talk about safety, but when they had the opportunity to do something they were weak-kneed and leaderless.”

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