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Doesn't pay to obey

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I was one of the people who was fined by photo radar in a construction zone, late on a Saturday afternoon. There wasn't a construction worker to be found. The sign said "60 when passing workers." I'm from the country and we were in Winnipeg shopping. This is something we did every pay period. Now we do our shopping in Selkirk! Being honest citizens we promptly paid the fine. I see now I shouldn't have paid it, because I would have got away with it if I hadn't. Who is going to listen the next time the city gripes about people not paying their fines?

DAVID FREDERICK

St. Georges

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The City of Winnipeg Police Service illegally gave out speeding tickets in construction zones. The signs posted indicate that when workers are present, the speed limit is reduced. The police department issued speeding tickets when workers were not present, even if motorists were within the posted limit. They were taken to court and they lost. Now, we are advised that if we received one of these illegal tickets and we paid it, we will not be reimbursed.

However, if you neglected to pay your ticket, you are off the hook. The message this sends is that if you are law abiding, follow the road signs and pay illegally issued parking tickets, you will be treated unfairly. What they did was against the law. I expect our police force to follow the law. Why are they not being held accountable?

PAUL SISSON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 6, 2009 A15

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