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OTTAWA, Ont. — A recent Canada Safety Council Environics survey shows that 55 per cent of Canadians feel current policing levels are about right.

A further 38 per cent said they’d like to see more, while only five per cent said there was too much. Residents of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are more inclined to think there is not enough enforcement.

Nationally, four out of five respondents agreed with the use of cameras to identify vehicles running red lights. In Alberta, the province with the most experience with red light cameras, there is 86 per cent support. As well, support was particularly strong in Ontario, 84 per cent, and Saskatchewan, 88 per cent.

Approval for the use of photo radar to enforce speed limits in school zones was very high — 84 per cent nationally. Two-thirds of respondents supported photo radar to control speeding on the highway. Support in Ontario and Manitoba was higher than the average.

However, the Canada Safety Council cautions that the cameras must be used to prevent collisions, not to make money or simply to punish offenders.

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