The city of Spruce Grove, Alberta (west of Edmonton) has announced
their photo radar program, using the same company that runs the controversial program in Devon :
Effective 1 August 2005, the City of Spruce Grove will be employing Laser Photo Radar Technology within its City limits to reduce speed and increase public safety. Hand held Laser Radar will continue to be operated by the RCMP and City of Spruce Grove Enforcement Services in residential areas, on feeder roads, ... and in all school and playground zones.
Highway 16A runs through Spruce Grove and is now going to policed at 60km from the 100+km/h zone before and after the city limits. It is a 4+ lane highway that is a well traveled commuter and tourist route with at least twice the daily traffic of the Devon highway.Stop your bleating
If you are reading this after finding this blog on a google search and you live in or near Spruce Grove - well, you're probably searching for other editorials on the subject or wondering what to do about the program's implementation.Call or email the municipal office
. Schedule some time with the administrators of the program. Let them know how you feel. Listen to their concerns, reasoning and then present yours. Do your research, ask for their reasons for implementing the program, articulate your concerns and even offer alternatives to photo radar.
No one seems to have bothered to compile statistics on accidents to justify subject residents to each scrutiny. Everyone who in favour of laser photo radar simply accepts the "perception" it is needed to curb speeders.
Where's the evidence?
- Spruce Grove Examiner Editorial published 20050729
So many questions. How about taking some of that effort it took to write that editorial and do some research ? The program could not be implemented without the approval of the Alberta Solicitor General and/or a review of the "available" statistics. There was no byline or author mentioned, so I think it was a journalist employed by the paper. You'd think they would know better. Perhaps they were looking to start a discussion (see also the definition of "flamebait").
Contact information for local municipalities is easy to find on the web. Town of Devon - Community and Protective Services Staff : Contact information
. City of Spruce Grove : General
Contact Information Page.
It's probably best to just visit them in person to make an appointment or see if they will make time for you. It's their job to be accessible to you - the taxpayer !
In the discussion, ascertain if they have done their diligence. Ask for a copy of the "traffic safety plan"
, with statistical analysis of accidents in the area that is required
by the Alberta Solicitor General.
Contact Alberta's Solicitor General and/or your local MLA. Photo Radar on Alberta highways is a gray area and needs to be properly legislated (allowed by law or not), with guidelines for their deployment or viable reasons it needs to be employed. The Solicitor General authorizes and provides guidelines for municipalities to hire special constables
that can generate photo radar tickets.Judas Goat
If you're been keeping up with my blog, you'll know that I tried to enact each of the points above when the Devon photo radar program was reinstated. I don't know if any others did, other than a few that wrote into the local paper. Due to issues regarding if/when it will be used on the local highway in Devon, the administrators finally passed the supervisor role to the local RCMP office. But we can pretty much count on the photo radar van being parked on the highway each day.
I haven't received a ticket (in Devon) since last year - but every once in a while, I enjoy knowing that they will probably be there while watching other speedsters ignore the large signs.
When I go to town, I have to turn right onto Highway 60 at the top of hill before the North Saskatchewan River bridge at the town's municipal limits. There isn't much room to ease into traffic and I often end up racing the occasional southbound truck/car that decides to speed up to aggressively announce that they think I shouldn't have pulled out "in front of them." So, they'll try to catch me I accelerate across the bridge and up the hill towards town.
But, I make sure to slow down to the 70km/h speed limit and turn left at the intersection at the top of the hill. It's fun to watch the fervent driver storm off to the south, not knowing or realizing that they have a 50/50 chance of getting a picture of the back of their truck in two weeks.The Judas goat is trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared.