Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 06/25/2014 10:11 AM | Comments: 0
Lost in the hoopla surrounding Sam Katz's announcement last week that he would not seek re-election was a commitment from a mayoral candidate to reform red-light camera enforcement.
Robert-Falcon Ouellette accused police and city hall of deliberately misusing red-light cameras to generate revenue.
Standing at the corner of Grant Avenue and Nathaniel Street just before noon on June 20, Ouellette said city hall employs a combination of measures designed to generate ticket revenue -- badly designed signs, missing signs, and short amber lights.
"Roads and intersections should be engineered for safety, not for revenue generation," Ouellette said. "Civic administration is content to defend engineering standards that force citizens to break the law."
Much of Ouellette's criticism has been said by critics before but he vowed to reform the use of the technology if elected mayor.
"As mayor, I will guarantee that amber times at red lights follow proper engineering protocol as well as ensuring that signage concerning speed changes are standardized across the city so the vast majority of honest citizens do not inadvertently break the law and only the most egregious speeders are punished."
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