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Vancouver considering re-implementing photo radar

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The much-maligned photo radar vans may be back on Vancouver streets before long, if City Council...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — The much-maligned photo radar vans may be back on Vancouver streets before long, if City Council has its way.

The B.C. Liberals scrapped photo radar shortly after being elected into power. The elimination of the controversial ticketing system was one of the party’s main selling points during its campaign.

However, Council has asked city staff to "initiate steps that would permit the Vancouver Police Department to re-implement photo radar on the streets of Vancouver to save lives, prevent injury and safeguard property." In addition, staff are asked to examine other methods of speed detection.

Safety by Education Not Speed Enforcement (SENSE) has been quick to oppose the movement.

SENSE spokesman, Michael Cain, says "Sending a ticket in the mail is not going to slow these people down."

Another option being floated around is the implementation of technology that will flash a driver’s speed on a digital sign.

The issue has reared its head once again following several serious street racing crashes involving teenagers.


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