A Citizen’s Letter to Edmonton’s Mayor and Council
Mayor and Council
City of Edmonton
I’m taking valuable time out of my life to let you know how I feel about your heavy-handed, opportunistic, predatory and dismissive approach to photo radar in Edmonton.
I’ll be submitting this to the newspapers and I will be publishing it on various social media sites as well as Fair Alberta Roads – a grass roots organization like SENSE BC and Stop 100 in Ontario – all with a mandate to bring about and maintain a fair, just and reasonable approach to the driving public.
I don’t get very many photo radar tickets but I do get them from time to time. I just paid one a couple weeks ago and in the mail today, I got another one. The first one was for going in 110 in a 90 on Gateway Blvd (I still can’t find the sign that says “90”) and this one is for going 61 in a 50 on 95 Avenue between 160 and 163 Street.
I have always referred to photo radar as opportunistic and predatory, which is precisely what it is, but I thought of a new word to describe it: violating. I feel violated. I am just going about my business trying not to get in anyone’s way, being a courteous, respectful driver – I always let people in, I NEVER block exits, I’m polite and respectful in my driving and in my approach to people in general.
You are Pick Pockets. I got the ticket on a Sunday afternoon in a quiet neighbourhood on a very wide street. The speed limit there should be 60 km/hr but you chose to make it 50 km/hr just so you could ticket drivers like me. This is very unbecoming of a council that pretends to care about its city and its citizens. You violated me. You picked my pocket like a criminal.
In the picture, there’s me and one other car. I know why you set up photo radar on a Sunday on that particular road because during the week it’s a busy and people would challenge you saying “How do you know it was my car?” Your behaviour DEFINES predatory and opportunistic. You’re supposed to be helping us, not violating us!
And by the way, did you notice that people are out of work and hurting? What if they can’t pay? No wonder Registry Offices have signs that say: “Abuse of our employees will not be tolerated.” Probably most people don’t pay their photo radar tickets on time and then when it comes time to renew their licenses, they find out about those outstanding charges. You are contributing to this madness!
You MUST look at your approach to traffic in Edmonton. This is crazy. Yes, of course, there are crazy drivers – we hear about them on the radio. People who go twice or three times the limit. But that is not the average driver. The vast majority (99.9%) of drivers are just trying to get from A to B. They’re not trying to hurt anyone or themselves. Ticketing people for going 61 km/hr in a 50 zone is nuts. You must know that. If I knew the speed limit was 50, I would have gone 50. I always do. If going PRECISELY the speed limit, is THAT important to you, then you MUST make the signs bigger and put more of them up. Maybe I didn’t see if because there was a truck beside me when I passed it. Maybe I was paying attention to my driving. How much do you want me to look at my speedometer? Isn’t it rather distracting to be more concerned about your speed than what’s going on around you? On a wide road with nothing going on on a Sunday, why in the world would I go 50?
With all the grid lock and the amount of traffic lights – most of them poorly timed, no wonder drivers are frustrated and THEN you have to PREY on them with photo radar. There are no words to describe how angry I am with how obtuse the City of Edmonton is about this issue.
Please STOP this violating, opportunistic and predatory behaviour. I can’t believe with everything you know about how people feel that you haven’t addressed it yet.