Edmonton's Scona Road to stay at 50 km/h

Scona Road will remain a 50km/h speed zone after city council narrowly voted Tuesday not to increase the limit to 60.

Councillors vote 7-6 to retain lower speed

Thousands of Edmonton drivers are tagged for speeding on Scona Road each month. (CBC)

Scona Road will remain a 50km/h speed zone after city council narrowly voted Tuesday not to increase the limit to 60.

Increasing the speed here would send the wrong message to drivers in a city where speeding is a problem, said Coun. Dave Loken. 

Couns. Amarjeet Sohi and Ben Henderson agreed the city should live up to its commitment to area residents who were promised at the time road was built that the speed would stay at 50.

Coun. Bryan Anderson, who brought the issue forward, calls the speed trap on Scona Road a cash cow.

The speed limit is set artificially low, allowing speed enforcement cameras to snare hundreds, even thousands of drivers each month, he said.