Cash-grab concern leads to plebiscite on photo radar use in Alberta town

Residents of an Edmonton-area town were voting Monday in a plebiscite to determine whether they want photo radar to continue nabbing speeders in their community.

MORINVILLE — Residents of an Edmonton-area town were voting Monday in a plebiscite to determine whether they want photo radar to continue nabbing speeders in their community.

Since it came into use in Morinville in 2009, photo radar has led to more 27,000 tickets being issued and about $300,000 a year in fine revenue.

But some residents who believe the technology is a cash-grab started a petition, which forced town council to either pass a bylaw banning photo radar or let residents decide its future.

Mayor Lisa Holmes says if photo radar doesn’t stay, the town will have to find other methods of enforcing traffic safety.

Holmes thinks the situation in Morinville will get other communities talking about their use of the equipment.

The plebiscite is expected to cost the town about $8,000 to $10,000.

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