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Court rules that speeding ticket stands

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The  head of the local branch of a national taxpayers' group has lost a court fight over a $267 speeding ticket.

Colin Craig, Prairie director of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation, who used charts and Barbie doll car and police car to argue his case last month, saw it tossed out Wednesday.

Craig said he wasn’t surprised by the decision.

"Traffic court is one of the hardest places to win a case," he said.

Craig has been a vocal opponent of the police photo-radar enforcement program, arguing police should issue tickets instead so they can also remove impaired and other dangerous drivers from the road.

He had argued that his ticket, issued last November by a controversial photo-radar speed trap on Grant Avenue near Nathaniel Street, should have been dismissed because of concerns about the radar's accuracy.

He’s just one of dozens of people challenging their tickets and the accuracy of the Grant Avenue radar unit, which is parked on an access road parallel to Grant.

"It’s not a question of paying a ticket," Craig said. "It’s a question whether the reading is accurate."

The accuracy of the Grant and Nathaniel radar will be argued again May 4 when an independent expert, retained by advocacy group WiseUp Winnipeg, is to testify at another trial.

Winnipeg police, meanwhile, say they’re confident tickets issued at Grant and Nathaniel are accurate.

 

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