Drive around in Edmonton, even on six-lane thoroughfares, and you'll notice something astonishing if you're from Kamloops — not one driver is going over the speed limit.
In our city, a four-lane road is an invitation to speed at will. Anyone sticking to the limit is tailgated or passed.
So what's the difference? Photo radar.
In Edmonton, signs warning about photo radar are conspicuously posted on every other block. And it's clear that the drivers there take them seriously.
In Kamloops, we no longer need to fear photo radar. Back in the days when it existed, Westsyde Road, for example, was full of law-abiding drivers.
But no more.
Which brings us to a request by politicians in the Southern Interior Local Government Association (Kamloops is a member) to bring back photo radar in schools and playground zones.
Penticton mayoral candidate Garry Litke says it's a matter of keeping children safe — not
another government cash grab.
Litke won't get very far, though. Already, Transportation Minister Todd Stone has shot down the idea.
As a politician, he is wise to do so. Getting rid of photo radar was a popular move for the B.C. Liberals in 2001. And just last May, Premier Christy Clark dismissed the idea during the televised leaders' debate.
Still, there may be a compromise that works for everyone.
Drivers who feel they are being monitored — even if there is no enforcement associated with it — are more likely to obey the law.
We see this on Columbia Street West, where traffic headed downtown is confronted with a sign showing speeds and admonishing motorists to slow down. Even if it doesn't work on everyone, those who do slow down force those behind them to ease up as well.
Something like this might be the solution for school zones. Generally speaking, most people drive cautiously in school zones, but an obvious reminder of their speed might get through to those who feel inconvenienced by children's safety.
There's no chance of photo radar making a comeback, but that doesn't mean we can't try
other solutions that would be welcomed by the community.
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