Ontario resident’s Red Deer photo radar ticket zeroed out

Woman happy common sense prevailed

Debbie McKee lives in Belleville, Ont.

An Ontario woman who persisted and insisted that a 2011 photo radar ticket issued in Red Deer wasn’t hers, said Tuesday that common sense has prevailed.

Debbie McKee, who live in Belleville, recently received a letter from Alberta’s Fines Enforcement Program that the ticket, which in 2011 was for $147, was now at zero.

The ticket had first come to her attention when she received notice from the Canada Revenue Agency last year that any tax refund she may have coming would first be applied to any outstanding debt, which, in this case, was the photo radar ticket.

The ticket was issued on a grey car, and tied to the plate she used on her 1992 Ford Taurus when she left Red Deer. But she hadn’t been back in Alberta since she left in late 1997 or early 1998, nor had the car, or the licence plate, she said.

The car eventually went to the wrecker’s in Ontario years ago. She believed the plates had been discarded at some point after that.

McKee said she would have gladly paid the ticket if it had been hers but that simply wasn’t possible. After many unsuccessful phone calls to try and have the ticket dismissed, she eventually contacted the Advocate about the baffling ticket.

McKee said the province was not able to produce either a copy of the ticket or photo radar photo.

She has received a letter from Alberta’s Fines Enforcement Program, so when she does her taxes this year, and if there’s a refund, it won’t be going towards the mysterious ticket.

barr@reddeeradvocate

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