City deceptive with photo radar

I have to take issue with the City of Red Deer’s decision to expand on its policing efforts, or in a truer sense, layer on another level of taxation through photo radar.

I have to take issue with the City of Red Deer’s decision to expand on its policing efforts, or in a truer sense, layer on another level of taxation through photo radar.

Recently I had my first experience witnessing a City of Red Deer service half-ton with some oversized electrical panel strapped in the back and the front seat geared with photo radar.

This was not a publicly disclosed location on Oct. 4, where on 67th Street heading west and east of the bridge the aforementioned city vehicle was readily taking photo radars of passing motorists.

I know the pundits will state that fines and ticketing change driving behaviour, but I have my doubts as statistics can be looked at in any number of ways.

In the end, I don’t see drivers as a whole going slower than in previous years.

The point is, however, that I am certainly not happy to see the City of Red Deer delve into an area it does not belong.

If they wish to create a city police force, then do so; otherwise, create the bylaws and allow the RCMP to enforce them.

In addition, I care even less to see the city utilizing our publicly paid for service trucks as photo radar vehicles.

This was not an RCMP vehicle, peace officer, or even an unmarked cruiser.

It is a City of Red Deer vehicle and gives me the feeling of the city is going one step lower in deception in order to raise revenue.

Leave the safety of our citizens to those trained to do so, namely the RCMP.

Save the city staff and equipment for servicing the taxpayers.

If those at City Hall do not make an issue of this, then I certainly hope that all of us as taxpayers do and cast our votes and voice our displeasure accordingly.

Ryan Morcom

Red Deer

Just Posted

Ponoka man dies following motorcycle crash

Ponoka RCMP continue to investigate

Wet conditions hampering haying efforts

Crops throughout central Alberta doing decently for now

Chuckwagon race safety up for review after six horses die during Stampede event

CALGARY — Injuries have forced a veterinary medical team to euthanize three… Continue reading

Missing woman found safe

Red Deer RCMP thank public

Missing man found safe

Red Deer RCMP thank public

Visitors flock to Bluebird Festival

Annual festival takes place east of Blackfalds

Parliamentary committee on public safety takes up Desjardins data breach

OTTAWA — A parliamentary committee is grappling with the consequences of a… Continue reading

You don’t feel alientated, Trudeau tells western Canadians

National unity is not being threatened by the federal government’s attack on… Continue reading

America poised to turn its back on Afghan quagmire

There is movement toward peace in Afghanistan – or at least toward… Continue reading

It takes determinaton, and luck, to get an old bike running again

I recently mentioned a friend of mine, Gary, had opened a two-wheeled… Continue reading

Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski falls in Wimbledon women’s doubles final

WIMBLEDON, England — Gabriela Dabrowski fell one victory short of her first… Continue reading

Canada’s James Hinchcliffe places sixth in hometown Indy Toronto race

TORONTO — James Hinchcliffe gained more ground than any other driver at… Continue reading

Remains found in Oregon believed to be actor Charles Levin

SELMA, Ore. — Remains found in a remote area of Oregon are… Continue reading

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

MONTREAL — Margaret Trudeau says one of the goals of her one-woman… Continue reading

Most Read