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Supreme Court rules photo radar tickets valid

VICTORIA, B.C. -- Although the B.C. Liberals have scrapped photo radar, drivers who were ticketed and thinking abou...


VICTORIA, B.C. — Although the B.C. Liberals have scrapped photo radar, drivers who were ticketed and thinking about fighting the infractions may want to reconsider.

A B.C. man who took his 1999 ticket all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada has lost his case.

William Steen insisted that radar cameras don’t comply with the legal definition of a speed-monitoring device because there is a lag time between the radar measurement and the picture that it snaps.

However, the Supreme Court judge who oversaw the case, saw it differently. It was a precedent-setting case that could make it more difficult for drivers in other provinces to fight their tickets.

When photo radar was scrapped, a coalition in B.C. encouraged all drivers to fight any outstanding photo radar tickets. The B.C. Liberals, however, insisted that all outstanding tickets be paid in full.


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