Report indicates Manitoba closer to photo radar

WINNIPEG, Man. — A confidential report obtained by local media indicates that Manitoba may be one step closer to implementing photo radar.

The 100-page document — prepared by a panel of government, police and insurance officials — says drivers will slow down and collisions will decline if photo radar is implemented.

The report says the group “was sufficiently persuaded by the evidence of photo radar’s efficacy in other jurisdictions to recommend that Manitoba pass legislative amendments enabling its implementation within the province.”

The City of Winnipeg has already budgeted for $8 million in photo radar revenue next year, and city officials say they may go ahead with photo radar even without the province’s approval.

More than 200,000 photo radar tickets will have to be handed out in Winnipeg to generate the projected revenue. However, officials insist photo radar will only be implemented as a safety measure, and not as a cash cow.

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