Bring Back Photo Radar in Ontario

There are controversial statements and opinions about the efficiency of the photo radar, and many voters widely detested it. But most Provincial states have voted for the sanctioning of photo radars not only in highly public areas such as schools and intersections but also in residential areas where the safety of each citizen is equally important.

What has added to the woe of many citizens is the statement made by the Honorable John Yakabuski, that photo radar on state highways is “a cash grab,” and that the state will not reinstate the measures in various parts of Ontario.

The citizens of Ontario have lost their confidence in the Ministry of Ontario from the past experiences of the questionable decisions of the Justice of Court in Ontario Government. Issues such as the Terri-Lynne McClintic case and also the sexual assault charges by veteran police officers have greatly shaken the public perception of the Court and the Ministry.

In spite of the public skepticism about the justice of the Province, in 1995, the Ontario government canceled the road traffic program, and with the reinstatement of photo radars, it gained over $16 million in penalties over 240,000 traffic law offences and speeding tickets.

With that many revenues collected in such a short time, not a penny was refunded to the felons even when the authorities were making millions by capturing thousands of lawbreakers annually. This was because it takes about $720,000 to enforce a safety measure throughout the year.

The citizens expect a reliable radar system that clearly shows the offender and the actions of the authorities. In places with available photo radars, there was a decrease in the number of offenders even though more than 31.3 million automobile were authenticated so bringing back the photo radar it is a good investment as it ensures the safety of the public. When safety and welfare of the citizen are a priority, nothing should be labelled as useless or a “cash-grab.”