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Public Has Lost Faith in Photo Radar: Steeves

September 11, 2014 7:57 AM | News

Gord Steeves

Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Gord Steeves says he’d fed up with the way the City of Winnipeg is handling the ever-expanding photo radar enforcement program.

The former city councillor says what was once a modest program to increase safety, has expanded to include intersection cameras, playgrounds, school zones, construction zones, and a hefty $21M contract the city is required to honour until 2020.

“I deal with people everyday in our community and there is no doubt in my mind that most people have lost faith in this program,” Steeves said. “Even those that support it are now becoming skeptical. I worry that provincial measures to expand enforcement in construction zones may have had nothing to do with safety and likely may have simply been a method to address budget deficits at the province.”

Steeves said the city needs to get photo radar under control and back on track to increasing safety and not acting simply as a revenue mechanism.

The mayoral hopeful will be holding a second news conference next week related to photo radar. He says he will address the city’s logic behind determining speed limits, speed reduction signage and amber light timing.