Photo radar to be replaced with Mounties

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Photo radar is on its way out of B.C., but that doesn’t mean it’s a green light to speed according the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The 88 RCMP officers who currently focus on photo radar enforcement, will be reverting to traditional traffic enforcement, meaning that more police will be patrolling the province’s highways.

“They’ll be working with highway patrol units and not necessarily in existing photo-radar sites,” Sgt. Bob Haliwell of E Division’s traffic services tells local media. “But they’ll be engaged in traffic law enforcement.”

The new Liberal government has not yet said what will happen to outstanding photo radar fines, but it is expected that payment of those tickets will still be enforced. Meanwhile, the 30 Insurance Corp. of British Columbia staff members who process the controversial tickets are anxiously awaiting word on what will become of their jobs.

“We can’t speculate on staffing until final decisions are made regarding disposition of outstanding tickets and further developments on enforcement,” says ICBC spokesman Hal Wake.

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