Speeders should fight photo tickets

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A British Columbia group that is leading the charge against Canada’s western-most province’s photo radar program is telling drivers to dispute their tickets in court.

Michael Cain, research director for Safety by Education Not Speed Enforcement, tells local media that his group expects the government will cancel the program before drivers get their day in court. The result would likely be thousands of forgiven fines.

A confidential report leaked earlier this week suggests the government may forgive about 250,000 in unpaid tickets when it scraps the program.

Cain says that when photo radar was implemented in 1995, the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia promised it would save 50 lives and $125 million a year in insurance claims.

“None of that materialized, and now they’re saying it’s $12 million a year,” Cain told local media. Scrapping photo radar is expected to cost about $6 million according to the B.C. Liberals.

Alberta is now the only province that continues to use photo radar to issue speeding tickets, although Manitoba is considering implementing a photo enforcement system.

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