Introducing Photo Radar to City Streets
There are a few issues as politically explosive as photo radar.
Many will remember our first taste in 1994 when Premier Bob Rae had the unmarked vans on the 400 series highways nabbing people. Critics framed this as nothing more than a money grab by an NDP government strapped for cash. No one has had the guts to launch it again in Ontario but Police Chief Bill Blair says its time we used photo radar on the streets of Toronto.
That was Chief Blair late yesterday on NewsTalk 1010's Live Drive with John Tory. He also pitched the idea of expanding the use of the red light cameras we have in the city to do something more than just get people running reds. He says those units can be used to catch motorists making illegal turns as well and let's not do it all in secret...let people know.
You can hear the entire interview on our website: newstalk1010-dot-com
Reaction to the Chief's ideas is all over the map. Some like it. Some hate it.
Personally, I think it's time but there have be to be some new rules in place such as let's not set a maximum speed limit where the photo radar kicks in instantly say at 50 km/hr on a city street ... if the limit is 50 them maybe it shouldn't really nab you until you're going 55 or 56 ... you need to build in some buffer.