Red-light cameras will perform double duty
Those who like to drive with a lead foot through intersections can soon be expecting a hefty ticket in the mail, says police Chief Mike Boyd, who’s keen on a new law that will allow officers to nab speeders using red-light cameras.
After the province passed a law last month that allows red-light cameras to perform double duty as photo radar speed traps, Boyd says he’s begun discussions with the police service’s traffic unit to work on a finalized launch date for Edmonton.
"Now that this is legislated, we will definitely go ahead with this," he says.
Boyd says he is currently working with the Edmonton Police Commission to decide where the money from paid fines will be directed, but he’s willing to consider earmarking some of the revenue toward victim services.
"This will be part of the many things that we will talk about when it comes to this new initiative in the next few months," he says.
A volunteer with the city’s victim service’s unit says new funding generated from ticketed drivers could go a long way to help victims of crime following terrible car accidents.
"This would be a great idea and it could help pay for things like giving teddy bears to victims along with other programs," said the woman who didn’t want her name published.
Critics of the new technology have publicly criticized the "speed-on-green" law as a cash cow for the province and city police forces, but a former police officer credited with bringing up the idea five years ago says the law will dramatically reduce collisions. "This will teach people to slow down and it’s going to teach people to approach an intersection with caution," said former police Sgt. Kerry Nisbet.