Ontario premier says no to photo radar
More needs to be done to crack down on speeding, but photo radar is not the answer, Dalton McGuinty told reporters Tuesday.
"There seems to be a stronger consensus around making sure that there are tougher penalties associated with speeding," the premier said.
Recent high-profile accidents have renewed calls for a return to photo radar, including from the chief of police in Hamilton.
But McGuinty said there seems to be more interest increasing punishment for people who exceed the speed limit by 50 km/h or more.
OPP commissioner Julian Fantino hasrecommended increasing punishmentand McGuinty said the government is giving it serious consideration.
The radar systems, which automatically photograph and ticket the owners of speeding vehicles, were put on some Ontario roads in the early 1990s by the New Democratic government of the day.
Photo radarwas dropped in 1995 by the Conservatives, who had made killingit an election promise.
In 2004, McGuinty suggested restoring photo radar, in part as a deficit-fighting tool, but the proposal did not proceed.