In regard to the debate over photo radar, I have an idea.
People are concerned it’s a huge cash grab for the government, so why not try a different route. I say bring it back — but let’s try this.
For a first offence, instead of sending the people who violate the laws of the road a fine, send them a letter with a date on it to attend a safe-driving course.
Make it mandatory they attend on the date stated on the letter, with the cost of the course being paid for by the person required to attend. If they do not do so, it’s an automatic 24-hour driving suspension — effective immediately — followed by a second date to attend.
If they refuse to attend a second time, make it a 48-hour suspension with a third date to attend. If they fail to attend the third time, they should receive a 48-hour suspension, a fine and points on their record.
For a second offence, there should be an automatic seven-day driving suspension.
For a third offence, the driver involved should start all over by taking the learner’s test followed by a year driving as a learner, then two years required for novice. Once completed, the driver can then apply for a Class 5.
If they continue to disobey the rules of the road, they should have their licence suspended for a year. Then two years.
If bad behaviour continues beyond that, then take away the driver’s licence for good, because it’s obvious that they aren’t learning anything.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. You have the privilege to drive. We have the right to know we’re safe either on the road or on a sidewalk, crosswalk or park and school zones.
People might see this as a huge inconvenience, but that’s the point.
If you follow the rules of the road, you won’t be inconvenienced by this.
I disagree with the recent editorial (More Solutions Than Photo Radar, The Daily News, Aug. 29). I don’t see more signage as a solution. They already ignore the signs already in place.
You see a No U-Turn sign with people turning just a few metres away from the sign.
People blow through the big, red stop signs Posted speed signs obviously mean nothing to some people. People speed through school zones.
I’m all for photo radar, but I think we need to try a different approach.
People can pay fines over and over again and still drive. Let’s make it a huge inconvenience for these people and see if that helps. I bet it will.