photo radar should save lives

photo radar should save lives

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etienne cadotte started this petition to City of Edmonton

We call on the Province of Alberta to order the City of Edmonton to cease photo radar operations and retroactively put OUR money where their mouth is by making crosswalks safer.

We expect this with money we have already paid and without property tax increases.

Using a small amount of the the many dollars they have pilfered from their citizens over the years to back their claim that all monies generated through photo radar are reinvested in traffic safety, we expect them to actually do something about road fatalities. Simply using income generated from traffic fines to set up more equipment to collect more traffic fines IS NOT a genuine approach to making roads safer, but an attempt to back door tax more of your citizens hard earned money.

Remove visual barriers or relocate crosswalks to where there are none and have the area WELL lit. Educate not only drivers, but pedestrians as well of the possible consequences of their actions.

 

Photo radar has been an unfair and unfortunate waste of Edmonton citizens money for years, described as a back door cash revenue by the Alberta government.

Why unfair? Because that picture of a single vehicle is not showing the overall road and traffic conditions that surround a temporary acceleration. Also the threshold for speeding has decreased substantially. It used to be tolerable to be within 10 km of the speed limit. That was to account  for tire size or speedometer discrepancies. The mere fact that only 2 km over the limit constitutes an infraction concretely shows that money in the city's pocket is more important than anything else and is the main priority.

Edmonton is touting it with the tag line Vision Zero, an incentive that tries to get traffic fatalities to zero,(including pedestrian fatalities).

Edmonton boasts that all revenue generated by this initiative is returned to road safety; But as the latest budget deliberations state,"The city faces tough choices after the province cut the equivalent of $26 million in operating dollars expected to come through grants and traffic fine revenues."

If safety was truly the intent of revenue generated by photo radar, then why aren't we seeing true investment in pedestrian involved traffic incidents?

It seems like almost every week there is another story of a pedestrian being struck at a crosswalk in Edmonton. It needs to end. No driver wants to hit, injure or kill a pedestrian but...

WELL lit pedestrian crossings seem to be next to non existent. Drivers need to be able to SEE if a pedestrian is trying to cross. Winter months are especially challenging as dark hours start much earlier. Also pedestrians have the right to wear dark clothing if they want to.

Shrubs ,trees, construction fencing and detours further complicate the problem by not only making pedestrians hard to see, but by changing their trajectory, which they sometimes decide to contravene, making matters worse.

Another issue is pedestrian education. Buses and other signage always put the onus on drivers stating that if vehicle speeds decrease, there will be less...or less severe crashes, but no mention is made of pedestrian responsibility. 

Pedestrians have the right of way, but as the old saying goes, with rights comes responsibilities. Using right of way responsibly, like observing traffic instead of phones, and not stepping out until certain that vehicles are coming to a stop for the pedestrian, not some other reason, would go a long way to avoiding tragedy.

Pedestrians and drivers may strongly disagree with each other, each claiming that the other should do more to avert disaster, but the facts remain. Drivers can't stop as fast as pedestrians can. Pedestrians can be more aware of their surroundings as they are travelling at a slower rate of speed which allows them to absorb things at a much more relaxed pace. Drivers have the more complex task of trying to observe other vehicles at the same time as pedestrians. 

We call on the City of Edmonton to end photo radar and put our money where your mouth is by making crosswalks safer by using a small amount of the the money you have pilfered from your citizens. Simply using income generated from traffic fines to set up more equipment to collect more traffic fines IS NOT a genuine approach to making roads safer, but an attempt to back door tax more of your citizens hard earned money.

We expect this with money we have already paid and without property tax increases.

Remove visual barriers or relocate crosswalks to where there are none and have the area WELL lit. Educate not only drivers, but pedestrians as well of the possible consequences of their actions.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/dollar28m-needed-to-keep-tax-increase-at-26-per-cent-edmonton-report-says/ar-BBXDE9G

https://globalnews.ca/news/6219886/alberta-photo-radar-freeze/

 

 

 

 

 

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