The Alberta government’s moratorium on photo radars expires March 1um December, and the province still hasn’t announced what it plans to do next.
We are currently working on a decision about what will happen after the 1stum Decembersaid Devin Dreeshen, the provincial minister of transportation and economic corridors.
1um In December 2019, the Government of Alberta placed a moratorium on photo radars, preventing municipalities from installing new equipment or upgrading existing radars.
This freeze was intended to give municipalities time to implement the automated traffic control technology policy nationwide. The pause also allowed the government to check whether municipalities are complying with the new guidelines.
Parkland County Mayor Allan Gamble says photo radar is not
important problem for his community. He says he is happy with the way the government has handled the issue so far.
However, Edmonton’s Sspomitapi County representative Jo-Anne Wright says she is having difficulty communicating with the government.
I have been trying to get an appointment with the Minister of Transport since April 2022She explains.
A question of security?
According to an independent report in 2018, the government put the brakes on photo radar. The report concluded that their use had little impact on road safety.
At the time, Jason Kenney’s administration wanted to examine whether the use of photo radar had a real impact on safety, rather than simply providing money to municipalities.
Jo-Anne Wright says voters are demanding ways to control speeding on city streets.
In addition, certain measures of the directive are denounced, in particular the ban on the use of photo radar devices on residential streets where the speed limit is less than 50 km/h, with the exception of streets around schools, playgrounds and construction sites.
Most of our residential streets are [limitées] at 40 km/h.
As a result, the city would be unable to install automated traffic control devices on most residential streets, even after the ban ends.
She would prefer the government to repeal it and hand control of road management to municipalities.
Based on information from Dennis Kovtun
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