Slow down, Winnipeg.
A new report released by the Winnipeg Police Service shows the number of mobile photo radar tickets handed out in 2013 is up substantially from the previous year. According to the data, 74,897 speeding infractions were snapped in 2013, up from 45,735 the year before.
That’s a 64 per cent increase, a jump police attribute to new mobile photo radar technology and advances in digital imagery.
Meanwhile, 10,135 red light offences and another 26,076 speeding offences were handed out via the stationary photo radar cameras at 50 different intersections throughout the city in 2013, the report says. Together, the 36,000-plus driving infractions is up just slightly (0.89 per cent) from 2012.
The report indicates that fighting your photo radar ticket in court usually won’t pay off, either.
Nearly 108,000 drivers were convicted in their cases, while only 511 saw their cases stayed. The report indicates that the photo radar enforcement cameras generated $11,668,486.75 in revenue for police last year — a profit of $7,528,525.
The intersection at Bishop Grandin and River Road continues to yield the biggest return for police, with 3,665 drivers nabbed for red light and/or speeding infractions in 2013. The Kenaston Boulevard-Corydon Avenue intersection flashed the second-most times last year, capturing 2,342 drivers running a red light or speeding through.
While the photo enforcement cameras continue to operate more than police would like, there is some promising news in the report.
Fatal crashes were down in 2013, with just over five deadly collisions listed. That’s significantly lower than the 20-plus fatal collisions listed in the previous year.
The report indicates there have been no recorded fatalities at any of the intersections monitored by intersection photo radar cameras.