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Alberta highways may remain photo radar-free

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Photo radar may not hit Alberta highways, as originally expected, since there's little support f...


EDMONTON, Alta. — Photo radar may not hit Alberta highways, as originally expected, since there’s little support for the plan from the province’s motorists.

The province currently operates photo radar within the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, but plans to expand the program to highways throughout the province may be shelved after a policing review committee revealed there’s little public support for the program.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that Albertans aren’t in favor of photo radar,” Solicitor General, Heather Forsyth tells local media. “After hearing from stakeholders, the committee obviously felt they had enough information to withdraw.”

However, there is still some support for expanding the controversial ticketing system.

Don Szarko of the Alberta Motor Association recently told local media that “Alberta drivers are getting away literally with murder on highways. If we are going to sit back and allow that to happen it’s someone’s responsibility. It’s the driver’s responsibility but it’s also the government’s responsibility to try to reverse our traditional poor crash record.”

A final decision will come after Forsyth has a chance to review the committee’s decision in more detail.


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