Initial reports show reduced speeding in photo radar zones, government says
Halfway through two-year pilot project, province says photo radar zones appear to be paying off
The province says that halfway through its two-year pilot project, it has seen fewer people speeding in its photo radar zones.
The minister responsible for SGI, Don McMorris, said that initial reactions to the photo speed enforcement have been mixed, particularly around one photo radar zone on Highway 1, east of Regina.
"People can be frustrated because the speed is so slow, especially on that number 1, [driving] east," he said. "But I also hear from people that are turning on and off of [Highway 1], saying it's much safer, it is much easier getting on and off."
"We want to see less than one per cent — we'd rather see nobody — but less than one per cent, and in a number of locations we're seeing that. In other words, our costs are greater than what we're bringing in. That's not a cash grab, that's reducing speed."
McMorris said the money raised from the fines goes toward local traffic safety, victims of crime and administration of the photo radar zones.