The Alberta government has extended a freeze on photo radar tickets to eliminate a “cash cow” and speed up improvements to road infrastructure.
In a written statement Friday, a spokeswoman for the Transport Minister, Danielle Larivee, said the extension will keep money in the $10-million fund that pays for speed-limit research. The government was collecting revenue from photo radar before the decision to freeze fees was made.
“Our government has made these changes to eliminate a cash cow that doesn’t make roads safer and from where we would not receive appropriate return,” she said.
The government has not committed money for speed-limit studies but will announce details over the coming months, she said.
“Funding this research and assessing potential benefits from photo radar are part of the government’s broader review of speed enforcement, which will continue over the next two years,” she said.
“Speed is driving issue on both provincial and federal highways and currently photo radar is used on a small percentage of highway segmenting.”
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives have been urging the province to cancel the “cash cow” program and devote the funds to public safety initiatives. But a staff report to the Ontario legislature concluded last month that the program has cut crash fatality rates at higher speed limits by 8 per cent. The report also found more than $52-million has been spent on photo radar since the program began in 2010.